Cigarette smoking is the leading causes of preventable morbidity and mortality globally1,4. Tobacco dependence is a chronic and relapsing disease which causes significant negative health, economic, and social consequences1. Currently, there are more than one billion smokers globally, leading to approximately 6 million deaths each year1. The problem continues to grow – by 2030, the total number of smokers globally could reach 2 billion based on current population and smoking trends 1.
The chronic nature of tobacco addiction has been creating significant social and economic challenges all over the world, including direct costs such as outpatient care and premature deaths, and indirect costs such as absenteeism, loss of productivity, and morbidity1.