Cessation clinic to help quit smoking

A smoking cessation clinic was inaugurated on Wednesday at the Al Barsha Primary Healthcare Centre.

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Published: Fri 20 Sep 2013, 1:37 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:48 PM

The clinic will take place every Tuesday from 7am to 2.30pm and medical professionals/counsellors will provide smoking cessation therapy to help clients quit tobacco consumption.

“This clinic will cater to people who want to quit smoking by addressing their individual problems and by giving them medical and psychological support,” said Dr Ahmad Kalban, CEO of Primary Healthcare.

The aim of this clinic is to reach out to smokers to help them cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms which is a factor that often dissuades them from stubbing the habit.” Kalban added that in the future the DHA plans to open more cessation clinics.

“We opened the first cessation clinic in Al Twar Primary Healthcare Centre and last year we opened a dedicated cessation clinic in the Higher Colleges of Technology campus in order to help adolescents quit smoking at a young age. We will add more cessation clinics in the future as such initiatives are an important aspect of preventive healthcare.”

Dr Hanan Obaid, head of the Dubai Tobacco Free Project and head of community health services at DHA’s primary healthcare sector said: “We have developed a smoking cessation package so that smokers who visit the cessation clinic receive all aspects of medical care to help them stub the habit. The package includes blood investigations, ECG and Smokerlyzer test to measure the levels of toxic carbon monoxide (CO) inhaled from tobacco smoke. The clinic will also provide medical and psychological support to smokers dealing with nicotine withdrawal symptoms which include irritability, restlessness and anxiety.”

She said that cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer and that tobacco smoke is a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous. At least 70 are known to cause cancer.

“People who quit smoking have a lower risk of lung cancer but their risk is higher than the risk for people who never smoked. However, it is important to note that quitting tobacco at any age can lower the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.”


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