FNUSA-ICRC’s Cardiovision helps people quit smoking. Newly also using pharmacies

Press release, November 9, 2016, Brno

To train hospital pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants from hospital pharmacies in helping people addicted to tobacco quit smoking in the territory of the whole Czech Republic. That’s the objective of the project “Pharmacy that helps people quit smoking“, prepared by experts from the Cardiovision Brno 2030 team which forms a part of FNUSA-ICRC. They obtained a subsidy for this project from the programme of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic “Healthcare Development Projects“ for 2016.

“The project aims to contribute to increasing the number of smokers who try to break the habit of smoking, particularly among clients of hospital pharmacies, with a special focus on patients awaiting a planned surgery,“ MUDr. Ondřej Sochor, the project’s principal investigator, explains.

Within the framework of the programme activities, educational course for pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants from hospital pharmacies was prepared as a supporting electronic (e-learning) programme. Its objective is to train the target group of pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants, and to train and inform doctors from the participating hospitals. “And also to contribute to the increase of awareness of risks associated with smoking, with the focus on the high-risk group of patients awaiting a surgery,“ Sochor explained.

The first trainings took place in Prague at the end of October, another one is planned also in Prague on November 25th. There will also be trainings in Hradec Králové on November 12th and in Brno on December 9th. Together with FNUSA-ICRC, the public beneficial company PACE 2015 is also involved in the project. This company, headed by its Director, PharmDr. MVDr. Vilma Vranová, Ph.D., focuses on improving the patient care especially in the field of communication.

The project “Pharmacy that helps people quit smoking“ complements the long-term activity of Cardiovision Brno 2030 aimed at mapping the current health risks of Brno citizens and to minimize them by 2030 with the help of prevention programmes. For example, Cardiovision Brno 2030 programme “10 reasons why I do not smoke“ targets potential or young novice smokers (facebook.com/procnekourim).

The cross-sectional study of Cardiovision Brno 2030 showed that, within Brno population in the age group 25-64 years, 23.5 % of men and 20.5 % of women smoke. 31,3 % of men and 23.2 % of women are former smokers. 34 % of the respondents admitted to be regularly exposed to cigarette smoke (passive smoking), most commonly in restaurants (25.5 %). Nearly nine percent of the respondents admitted to be passively exposed to tobacco smoke every day.

Out of the total number of 2,152 respondents, 77.5 % are in favour of the establishment of smoke-free restaurants (86.9 % in the group of lifelong non-smokers and 55.3 % in the group of active smokers). 29.9 % of the study respondents visit restaurants and similar catering facilities at least once a week. Out of this group, 79 % of respondents would prefer smoke-free restaurants and only 9.5 % of respondents are against.


Petra Veselá, FNUSA spoke person, tel.: 604 121 122,  
Pavel Gejdoš, PR manager FNUSA-ICRC, tel.: 605 231 414,  

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