uae ministry of health smoking cessation clinics to be expanded throughout the uae
New Study Shows Tobacco Cessation Programmes Reduce Adult Smoking Rates
The smoking cessation clinics that have been set up by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in partnership with Novartis Consumer Health are due to be expanded throughout the Emirates.
This follows a study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and RTI International in North Carolina in the United States (US) that shows that greater investments in tobacco cessation programmes are independently and significantly associated with larger and more rapid declines in adult smoking prevalence.
Researchers were able to quantify the link between comprehensive tobacco control programs and a decrease in adult smoking -- observing a decline in prevalence from 29.5 percent in 1985 to 18.6 percent in 2003.
The study, The Impact of Tobacco Control Programs on Adult Smoking," published in the February 2008 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, is the first of its kind, analyzed data from 50 states plus Washington D.C. and found that among individual states the declines in adult smoking prevalence were directly related to increases in state per person spending on tobacco cessation programmes.
Worldwide while increases in the cost of cigarettes have been shown to lead to declines in smoking rates, this new study finds that increased government programne funding has an effect on adult smoking, independent of price.
At present the Ministry of Health already operates a number of smoking cessation clinics, with the primary one at Al Ittihad Medical Centre in Jumeria. At these clinics, smokers are given support and mentoring from qualified medical professionals. All smokers are assisted in quitting by using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) which has been proven to be highly effective with no side effects. In 2005 the American Committee on the Safety of Medicines recommended that NRT be given to pregnant smokers and also to adolescent smokers.
According to Dr. Wedad Al Maidoor, Head of the Smoking Cessation Committee, Ministry of Health, “ What this study shows us is that with increased funding for smoking cessation clinics and increases in the price of cigarettes it will be effective in reducing smoking prevalence among adults.” She also added that, “it appears that smoking cessation programmes – and invariably our clinics - are somewhat more effective in adults aged 25 and older, while the 18 – 24 year olds are more affected by the cost of cigarettes.”
This research supports the conclusion of the 2007 report from the National Institutes of Health, the premier US Medical Research Agency that comprehensive state tobacco cessation programmess are effective public health investments.
"This study also shows that with the UAE Ministry of Health along with our partner Novartis Consumer Health opening more smoking cessation clinics throughout the country we could substantially reduce adult smoking prevalence, and thus reduce smoking-related morbidity, mortality, and it’s related financial costs," added Dr. Al Maidoor.
“Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide,” said Rany Victor, Senior Brand Manager, Novartis Consumer Health. “The importance of these clinics can not be ignored especially as a recent research survey conducted on 500 smokers in the United Arab Emirates, revealed that only 11% of those surveyed, who were actively motivated to quit, had discussed the problem with their doctor,” also added Victor.
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