Email coaching service to help smokers quit


As part of an EU wide anti-smoking campaign, the European Commission is set to launch, on World No Tobacco Day, an email ‘coaching service’ to support people trying to quit.

Ahead of the World No Tobacco Day on 31 May, Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou announced that the EU’s anti-smoking campaign, HELP – For a Life without Tobacco, in place since March 2005, would launch an email coaching service to offer support.

The service follows a Eurobarometer survey on Europeans’ attitudes towards tobacco, published on 22 May 2007. The survey revealed that one in three smokers have tried to give up in the last 12 months but that more than 70% of them have relapsed in less than two months. The survey also shows that 82% of those who tried to quit did not ask for help from a health professional.

The theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day is smoke-free environments, an issue addressed in a Commission Green Paper adopted in January and on which a Public Consultation is open until 1 June 2007. 

“I want to see a comprehensive, complete smoking ban adopted all over Europe,” Commissioner Kyprianou has said, referring to scientific evidence of the harm caused by second-hand smoke and the impact of clean indoor-air policies on the overall reduction in tobacco use.

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