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More people wanting to stop smoking due to price hike

Dr Ashaur Ibrahim (left), Clinical Psychologist; Dr. Ahmad Al Mulla, Director of Tobacco Control Center, Noor Hassan, Quality Controller and Dr Jamal Abdullah, Smoking Cessation Specialist, during a press conference held yesterday.

Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Tobacco Control Center is seeing more individuals needing to quit smoking as consequence of value climb in tobacco and its items following ongoing burden of 'Particular Tax' on wellbeing harming merchandise. 

"The quantity of individuals who call the Center's hotline and those visit the Smoking Cessation Clinic out of the blue have expanded in the previous half a month. Numerous guests have uncovered that they mean to surrender smoking because of the value climb," said Dr Ahmad Al Mulla, Head of the HMC Tobacco Control Center, yesterday. 


"The tax collection on tobacco and its items has had an effect. The value climb has made individuals reconsider about smoking. We see this pattern expanding," he included talking at a public interview held at the Tobacco Control Center. Situated in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City, building 311, the middle recorded around 4000 visits at its Smoking Cessation Clinic in 2018. Every individual expecting to stop smoking goes to somewhere around six arrangements. They are between the age of 12 and 70 years. Around 35 to 40 percent of them have stopped smoking for a no less than a half year. Huge numbers of the individuals who look for treatment are viewed as substantial smokers, smoking in excess of 30 cigarettes every day. 

Patients going to the Smoking Cessation Clinic get one-on-one guiding and suitable nicotine substitution or pharmaceutical help. Patients likewise experience a full appraisal, including a total therapeutic history and related assessments, for example, lung work tests. 

As a major aspect of the evaluation, clinicians converse with patients about accessible treatment choices, which incorporate the most present day and viable answers for quit smoking. Mental help is additionally a center piece of treatment. 

"Notwithstanding smoking cigarettes and sheesha, the most well known types of tobacco use among individuals incorporate biting tobacco and a tobacco item blended with fragrant leaf and bark herbs (Midwakh or Dokha). Some are smoking electronic cigarettes in spite of the fact that they are prohibited in Qatar," said Dr Jamal Basuhai, Smoking Cessation Specialist. 

Smoking Cessation Clinic additionally sorts out mindfulness exercises about its administrations and threats of tobacco use. "We center a great deal around used smoking in mindfulness exercises. Used smoking can make harm youngsters and others. There is no protected zone for used smoking. It is extremely perilous," said Dr Basuhai. 

"Presently there is thirdhand smoking which is leftover nicotine and different synthetic substances left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. Individuals are presented to these synthetics by contacting defiled surfaces or taking in the off-gassing from these surface," he included.

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