Today the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) the leading and most established cancer organisation in Malaysia – launches its first-ever Quit Smoking clinic. The clinic will be part of the Society’s initiative to reduce the impact of tobacco use and tobacco-related deaths in Malaysia.
The clinic will help Malaysians sever their addiction to cigarettes and tobacco and in turn minimise their risk of developing cancer which currently amounts to 4.7 million – 15 per cent of Malaysia’s population.
Special guest Dr Noraryana Hassan, Senior Principal Assistant Director for Tobacco Control & FCTC of Ministry of Health officiated the launch of the clinic which will operate from the NCSM headquarters on Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kuala Lumpur.
Services offered at the Quit Smoking Clinic include a combination of counselling and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) – providing low doses of nicotine to minimise cigarette cravings. NRT has been shown to aid smoking cessation in at least 50 per cent of people trying to quit.
These techniques will be used at the NCSM Quit Smoking Clinic, which will be led by smoking cessation specialist. The clinic will be open on Tuesday and Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm and a dedicated NCSM workshop entitled ‘Quit like a Champ’ is scheduled on Saturday 27 February from 9 am to 2 pm.
NCSM is also running education programmes in communities, companies and schools to warn people of the perils of smoking and to promote its quit smoking service. Please contact NCSM to inquire about attending the workshop and educational programmes if you are seeking advice on how to quit smoking.