official medical view on smoking, and where to next:
Tobacco Policy: Using
evidence for better outcomes
Report of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and
Australasian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
released in Wellington and Sydney in June 2005.
The RACP and RANZCP
represent the 6000 physicians and psychiatrists of Australia and New Zealand, who daily treat, but can
seldom cure, the diseases and addiction caused by cigarette smoking.
document emphasises the need for governments to
act, the needs of vulnerable populations, the needs of those seriously
addicted to tobacco, the need for smoking cessation services, and the
need to consider alternatives for smokers unwilling or unable to quit
Read the full policy
document at: http://www.racp.edu.au/page/policy-and-advocacy/public-health-and-social-policy
Dr Laugesen, a fellow of the RACP, was a
member of the working party which wrote this document.