Tobacco Cessation Clinic
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Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Pakistan
Publication date: 2019-03-26
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2019;5(Supplement):A126
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Pakistan has the high prevalence of cigarette smoking (15.6 million) among top 10 countries in the world. Tobacco kills 160,000 every year, 5000 admitted to hospital every day, children between 6 to 15 age start smoking every day. 2 in 5 smokers start smoking before the age of ten. 39% households expose to second hand smoke daily. However 76% want to quit. Smoking Cessation Services at government level are not available in Pakistan. With my efforts 1st Government funded a Tobacco Cessation Clinic was established in 2013, providing cessation services to smokers, till to date only two institutes are providing the quitting services.
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