Quit Smoking Unit has more than doubled the number of patients it helps since opening
Al Ain, UAE – 1 June 2013: Dr. Moza Hamad Al-Kuwaiti – Director of both Oud Al-Touba Family Medicine Centre, and the Quit Smoking Unit at Al Ain Hospital, which is operated by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) – confirmed that the work of the Stop Smoking Clinic has given evidence of its relevance and effectiveness in the service of smokers who wish to quit smoking. She stated that its work had been so effective that it had proved beneficial to society in general.
She said, “The clinic began receiving outpatients back in February 2010, with the aim of engaging with between 6 to 8 patients each week, for 3 hours per week. In order to provide a service to the largest possible segment of society, we have since extended the working hours at the Stop Smoking Clinic to 8 hours per week, and currently receive more than 50 outpatients each month.”
Dr. Moza Al-Kuwaiti said that the working group at the clinic consists of a medical practitioner trained to assist smokers in quitting, a psychologist, a dietitian, and a nurse. This team has been able to achieve significant positive results during the period that the clinic has been open to the public. Despite the many obstacles and temptations faced by smokers, the clinic assists, on average, 2-3 people to stop smoking every month.
She went on to explain that during smoker's first visits to the clinic, the percentage of nicotine and carbon within their lungs is determined, and patients are also assessed psychologically in order to establish the causes of smoking and any barriers which may prevent the patient from quitting smoking. On this basis, the doctor arrives at an appropriate treatment plan with the participation of the patient and the medical team.
“The medical team dedicates its full, holistic medical experience to educating smokers and encouraging them to raise their will and desire to quit smoking. The team provides the patient with clinic appointments at frequent intervals, and also with educational and awareness brochures. The centre is careful to maintain the confidentiality of patient information in order to allow them to continue their follow-up appointments without any undue harassment.”
Dr. Al-Kuwaiti also stressed the importance of concerted efforts among all the official health and legislative bodies to reduce the prevalence of smoking and the health consequences that it entails for the community as a whole. All available means and resources are being allocated in order to achieve this objective.
She also pointed out that the Quit Smoking Unit at Al Ain Hospital organises several community campaigns in order to spread awareness of the dangers of smoking on the individual, families and society. Particular effort has been put into targeting adolescents and young adults, as this is considered the most important age group to inform, in order to prevent habit forming behaviour, particularly in the light of the spread of the ‘Midwakh' trend among young people.
It is well known that smoking is not limited to merely conventional cigarettes. The culture of the hookah, also known as ‘shisha', is gaining a growing prevalence in the region. Most medical experts have agreed that the ‘shisha' has a severely negative effect on health. Smoking one shisha is equivalent to smoking 31 cigarettes.