SKMC helps tobacco addicts to give up the vice

The Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) has managed to handle a record number of tobacco addicts over the past eighteen months in a smoking cessation clinic, since the center opened in late 2010.

smoke2_3105213Clinic team was able to help 155 people quit smoking in the period from January 2012 to mid-July 2013. An institution which is administered by the Cleveland Clinic is part of the Seha Health System and owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company.

Dr. Abdul Razzak Al Kaddour, a consultant cardiologist at SKMC, stated that “the 303 smokers who have undergone treatment for smoking Cessation Clinic SKMC in 2012 and the efforts of the treatment team led them successfully assisted 121 people quit smoking, and ninety two smokers were treated in the period from January 1 to July 15, of which thirty-four years managed to quit smoking.

“These numbers are very important and the efforts of the clinic team seem to paying dividends, about one out of three participants tobacco output for at least six months, and this figure should be compared with one out of twenty, who managed to stop without any support.”

Dr. Al Kaddour pointed to the presence of a large number of smokers who attend a specialist clinic at SKMC. “We are taking three or four times more orders than when we first initiated the program,” he said.

He added: “The Holy Month of Ramadan can provide the necessary for the promotion of permanent cessation of smoking. If a person can successfully stop during Ramadan, by the time of Eid al-Fitr, the withdrawal symptoms will disappear lungs will have started to repair it and you will have less congestion, cough, and shortness of breath is noticeable. “

Fortunately, as Dr. Al Kaddour reassures, stop smoking, not only stops, but can also be reviewed, the biological damage caused by the habit, and also increases the probability of success of the treatment of diseases such as heart disease, respiratory disease and lung cancer. The smoking-related risk of heart disease drops dramatically within five years of quitting smoking tobacco.

Al Kaddour said that “smokers do not have to believe that if they are older, there is no point in failure. One study of nearly 9,000 people aged 50-74; it was found that smokers who quit later in life have significantly improved their cardiovascular health in a few years.

“Compared with those who continued to smoke, the risk of heart attacks and strokes in this group is significantly reduced during the first few months to a few years after their final cigarette. Thus, it is never too late to stop.”

In addition to a consultant cardiologist Dr Abdul Razzak Al Kaddour, The Running of the smoking cessation clinic at SKMC is his colleague, consultant cardiologist, Dr. Sherif Bakir.

Both doctors also call for dedicated team of health professionals. The clinic staff is dedicated to reducing unnecessary deaths and life-changing illnesses that are the result of addiction to tobacco smoke, and work tirelessly to help smokers butt habit for good. Both advisers receive much interest on the part of patients who decided to get together in smoking with the help of a specialized clinic.

The treatment that Dr. Al Kaddour and his team uses to help smokers stop is a combination of cognitive counseling and medications, with the best practices submitted by established international cessation programs. Patient’s carbon monoxide (CO) levels are also monitored through a CO analyzer.

As a result of this process produces – which displays the degree of carbon monoxide poisoning within a particular patient – often acts as a wake-up call for those who go to the clinic.

SKMC said the tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people a year worldwide as a result of cancer, heart disease, asthma and other diseases, with the figure including more than 600,000 non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke. It is believed that without intervention, the number will increase to more than eight million a year by 2030.

Also of relevance at the global level is the intensive use of water pipes that Dr. Al Kaddour said is a growing problem, particularly for women and youth.

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