‘25.3 per cent can quit smoking’

AL AIN - Smoking Cessation Unit at Al Ain Preventive Medicine prepared a recent statistic to measure the level of resisting smoking among 166 participants of different ages: it proved that 25.3 per cent gave up smoking completely.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Thu 2 Sep 2004, 10:04 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:43 PM

Magdy Aziz Gindy, unit psychologist, said that the smoking cessation unit is to be the first choice reference unit in Al Ain to provide innovate approaches to help quit smoking because most people who smoke wish they didn’t. He said it is important to remind patients that smoking is both a habit and an addiction. “Therefore, we have to follow up the case who have quit in order to avoid recurrence or relapse by educating and sensitising the community, particularly the vulnerable groups like adolescent, about the hazards of smoking,” he said.

The unit strategy is to make the client know more about the harmful effects of smoking by all means such as discussing, explaining and using all teaching aids; to study the social and psychological aids which affect his habit; and to release the stress affecting the client-smoking behavior in order to reduce the number of cigarette smoking gradually within three to seven.

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