DoH quit campaign looks to the workplace for inspiration

The government seeks smoking cessation advice from OH departments to aid its
£2.5m national Smoking Kills research

The Department of Health has £2.5m to fund research into the best ways of
giving up smoking – including workplace projects.

Researchers in this field have until 7 April to submit proposals to the DoH
research and development section. The money is part of the department’s £60m
fund for smoking cessation work over the next three years which was prompted by
the tobacco White Paper Smoking Kills.

Among its plans, the DoH wants a review of workplace interventions to
measure their effectiveness in getting staff to quit.

The three main objectives of the White Paper are to reduce smoking among
young people, to help adults – especially the most disadvantageous – to give up
smoking, and to offer advice to pregnant women who smoke.

A monitoring system has been set up and smoking cessation coordinators for
each Health Action Zone will set out minimum data for the first year on the
services being funded, uptake of services and quitting rates.

"The Department of Health would welcome proposals on research issues in
the workplace, including economic evaluation of smoking policies," it
says.

For a detailed brief and application form write to:
David Double, Department of Health, Research and Development Division, Skipton
House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LW, e-mail David.Double@doh.gsi.gov.uk, or
on web site www.doh.gov.uk

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