oa South African Medical Journal - Willingness of tobacco smokers to contribute financially towards cessation resources : correspondence

Volume 106, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Exposure to tobacco smoke accounts for approximately 9% (95% confidence interval 8.1 - 10.2) of all South African (SA) deaths. Seventeen percent of SA adults are self-reported active smokers and an alarming 32% of pregnant women were found to be active smokers on urine cotinine testing. Despite the publication in 2013 of the South African Tobacco Smoking Cessation Clinical Practice Guideline, tobacco smoking cessation programmes in the public health sector remain scarce.

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