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Revista Española de Salud Pública

On-line version ISSN 2173-9110Print version ISSN 1135-5727


EGUES OLAZABAL, Nerea et al. Assistance program in quitting tobacco use in Navarra. 25 years on stage. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2019, vol.93, e201907039.  Epub Sep 07, 2020. ISSN 2173-9110.

In Navarre, the Smoking Cessation Program (PAF) was launched in 1994, result of the collaboration between Public Health and Primary Care. In 2001 it was integrated into the Tobacco Regional Action Plan, together with the other two lines of action: prevention of smoking initiation and promotion of smoke-free spaces. PAF includes two levels of intervention, a basic and an intensive one, with programmed educational support, individual and group. Medications for smoking cessation have been intermittently subsidized by the Health Department of Navarre. In December 2017, funding of medications for smoking cessation was reintroduced, in the same conditions of any other medication. Treatments are limited to one per patient and year, always including educational support. In 2018, 6139 people benefited from this funding, 50% women and 60% with yearly income lower than 18000 euros. We carried out a preliminary evaluation through a telephone survey. Overall, 35% of participants reported to keep abstinent after one year, 40% among those who also received intensive educational support.


PAF in Navarre is an intervention model based on a large experience of collaboration between Primary Care and Public Health, which is necessary to promote. Funding medications for smoking cessation have proved to be effective within PAF program and it may contribute to equity as it facilitates the access to people with lower income. Success rates are greater receiving educational support. There are new challenges in the future related to all action lines of the Action Plan.

Keywords : Tobacco; Smoking cessation; Smoking cessation programs; Smoking drug treatment; Outcome Assessment.

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