ALOR SETAR – Kedah Is recorded as the state in the country with the second highest numbers of smokers after Sabah, said Kedah Health director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail.
He said based on the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015 (Repeat: 2015), 26.5 per cent of Kedahans aged 15 years and above are smokers, trailing behind Sabah with 28.4 per cent.
Dr Norhizan said the survey also revealed that only 17.2 per cent of people quit smoking within six months despite all health facilities were now offering services to quit the habit.
“There are 58 health clinics in Kedah serving as Quit Smoking Clinics combining medication and counselling as treatment.
“Those who wish to quit smoking can register at district health clinics to undergo the treatment,” he said after the launch of the Gazetting of Public Parks as Non-Smoking Area ceremony and the ‘New Breath Begins Ramadhan’ programme in conjunction with the 2017 World No Tobacco Day, at Taman Jubli Perak here today.
As the fasting month of Ramadhan is approaching, Dr Norhizan also advised smokers to quit the habit as a survey by the ministry revealed that 95 per cent smokers among the Muslims stated that it was easier to quit during that period. – BERNAMA