Smoking And Tobacco Use Cessation Programs In The Middle East | 4222
Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy
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ealth education programs, mass media campaigns and nowadays even the slogans depicted on cigarette packages, warn
smokers about the harmful effects of smoking. Despite all these efforts people continue to smoke, percentage of smokers in
many countries of the Middle East reaches about 50% among males and 20% among females.
In addition to smoking cigarettes as popular in the world, there is a kind of smoking which is very popular in the Middle
East called the waterpipe, this kind is much harmful than regular cigarettes which needs more educational programs. Jordan is
a country in the Middle East which is developing smoking cessation clinics to help people to quit smoking, the percentage of
smoking among Jordanian males reaches 46% and 18% among females, Studies showed that 70% of smokers like to quit smoking
completely and 46% of them try to quit each year.
Taking all the above in consideration, Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) took the initiative and made
several important contributions towards making a university without smoking. University without smoking became the motto
in JUST, in addition to that JUST has developed a clinic which is designed and well equipped to offer an effective intensive
counseling program that follows the most recent cessation guidelines and it runs by family physician consultant and a team
composed of doctors, nurses and pharmacists.
The readiness to quit smoking, level of dependence, level of carbon monoxide in the breath and lung function tests will be
assessed during the first visit. There will be a weekly visit for counseling of a period of eight weeks, then once monthly for one
year. Abstinence of smoking and the level of carbon monoxide in the breath will be assessed in each visit. The intensive counseling
also includes telephone advice, use of video and group counseling in addition to distributing leaflets and booklets related to
smoking cessation guidelines
Ahmad Qasem is studying Doctor of pharmacy ( Pharm.D ) at Jordan University of Science and Technology and currently in the 5th year. Ahmad
Qasem is doing his first research on Smoking aspects and cessation in Jordan, and he is the representative of JUST
in international conferences.
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