Alcohol, illegal drugs and tobacco cause a great deal of suffering for those affected and high consequential costs for society. Besides the "classic" addictions, there are also "new" forms such as dependence on prescription drugs, gambling or excessive use of the Internet.


Swisscom: successful «smoke-free company»

Tobacco control. As part of the «Smoke-free companies» campaign, the Lung League advises Swisscom on smoking regulations and offers training on quitting smoking to employees throughout Switzerland. more


Alcohol control is making good progress, but is still far from its goal

National Programme Alcohol 2008–2012. «Those who drink alcohol do so in such a way that it is not harmful to them or to others». This is the vision of the National Programme Alcohol 2008–2012 (NPA), which the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Swiss Alcohol Board (SAB) were tasked in June 2008 with implementing. It is an ambitious programme that coordinates 33 activities, ten action areas and a diverse range of participating players. Where does the NPA stand today? Progress to date. more


Starting rather than quitting: the new anti-smoking campaign is geared to positive feelings

Anti-smoking campaign 2011–2012. The findings from the evaluation of the 2009 campaign showed clearly that the style, slogan and emblem of the campaigns to date were in need of change. It is time for a new campaign that pursues bold routes. Using humour, irony and positive associations, the new anti-smoking campaign calls on people to start not smoking and thus gain new freedom. more


Good third phase for Switzerland’s drugs policy

Third package of drugs-related measures. The Third Federal Programme of Measures to Reduce Drug Problems (MaPaDro III) describes the starting situation and the shape of Swiss drugs policy for the 2006-2011 period. The aim of MaPoDro lll is to reduce drug- related problems in Switzerland. more


Fired up for less smoke

National Programme Tobacco 2008-2012 (NPT 2008–2012). «Smoking-related cases of death and disease in Switzerland have been reduced». This was the mandate with which the Federal Council approved the NPT 2008–2012 in 2008 and commissioned the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) to implement it. How have tobacco consumption and control changed in Switzerland since then? Progress to date. more


Moving towards a future oriented policy on addiction

«The Challenge of Addiction». An addiction policy that focuses exclusively on dependence on tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs does not go far enough for present-day needs – and it misses the most urgent problems. To address both the current and the future realities of addiction, a broader understanding of addiction policy is required, i.e. one that employs a public-health approach. The report on the «The Challenge of Addiction» outlines the basics of such an approach. more


Internet pornography: a catalyst of sex addiction

Behavioural addictions. Online sex addiction is regarded as the m ost common form of Internet overuse. Its consequences for users, their partners and families, young people and society as a whole are hard to estimate. It poses new challenges in many specialist areas. The Fachverband Sucht, an association of addiction experts and organisations, hosted an interdisciplinary conference to discuss the topic on 16 June 2010 in Zurich. more


«The Challenge of Addiction»: a productive learning process

Forum François van der Linde. The task was an ambitious one: to draw up a policy framework that would include not only addictive substances but also potentially addictive forms of behaviour (gambling, for instance). The way it was addressed was also ambitious: the three federal commissions set up to address the area of addiction (alcohol, tobacco, drugs) were to take on the task together. Truly ambitious was then the notion of implementing the prin­ciples formulated at the end of the report. The first step has been taken: the report and the principles are now available. more


At first hand

Editorial Andrea Arz de Falco. In discussions of policies on addiction, Switzerland is often praised as a pioneer. However, Swiss policy on addiction is facing new questions and challenges that are not only a result of changing social realities (the 24/7 society, the speed of change in society and the unlimited availability of substances) or of new problems on the practical front (e.g. overlapping of drug and alcohol scenes, polydrug use). Rather, practical experience and scientific findings are nurturing the realisation that appropriate responses to the diverse range of problems associated with addiction can be drawn up more successfully if an integrated approach is used. more


First steps towards cost-benefit analyses of prevention measures

Evaluation. Are prevention and health-promotion measures necessary and worth the money they cost? Three pioneering studies initiated by the Federal Office of Public Health provide first concrete figures on the cost-benefit ratio of state measures in the areas of traffic accidents, smoking and alcohol. The findings are gratifying but should be treated with caution for the time being. more