The PHC continues its charge of integrating chiropractic involvement in international public health activities on a world-wide basis in coordination with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) programs. WHO keeps the Tobacco-Free Initiative (TFI), Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and anti-tobacco efforts as its highest level cabinet priority and so does the WFC Public Health Committee with its Chiropractors Against Tobacco (CAT) project (www.wfc.org/About WFC/CAT).
No other single thing chiropractors do as primary care providers has the potential to reduce morbidity, mortality and financial burden more than getting involved in anti-tobacco efforts. Second-hand. or side-stream, smoke exposure is also a public health menace, particularly to those who are hypersensitive or allergic, and those who are forcibly exposed in the workplace.
WHO has recognized the crucial role of all health providers, specifically including chiropractors, in simply asking patients about their tobacco use and exposure as part of an office visit encounter.
The WFC Public Health Committee encourages chiropractors to participate in No Tobacco Day on May 31, and participate year round via patient education and by their own example. The beautifully designed CAT anti-tobacco posters, all eight versions, were recently re-printed and will be available at the WFC Biennial Congress in Montreal, April 30-May 2, 2009.
As well, in Montreal, the WFC Public Health Committee (PHC) will meet and consider additional ways to take public health for chiropractors from the global level to the local level. The PHC is expected to continue its support for CAT and also to:
• look at opportunities for chiropractic in the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity, and Health (GSDPAH), including the Straighten Up program spinal fitness exercises
• reconsider Adopt-A-Village options
• seek creative ways to achieve chiropractic public health goals in an economic down time.
Your suggestions and support are most welcomed!
(Source: WFC Quarterly World Report, March 31, 2009)