66% of smokers in Jordan say they want to quit

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AMMAN — Procedures which help tobacco users quit have a success level of 20 to 30 percent, but with psychological support and help from the society, the success level can reach 70 percent, specialists argued.اضافة اعلان

The finding was the result of a forum the Procurement and Supply Directorate of the Ministry of Health held in cooperation with the Jordanian-Swedish Medical and Sterilization Co. JOSWE, a local media outler reported.

Director of Procurement and Supply Maher Al-Zyoud commended the Jordanian-Swedish company for enhancing awareness of the harmful effect of smoking and the importance of combating it.

JOSWE’s Bashar Al-Kurdi said studies indicate that 66 percent of smokers in Jordan expressed desire to quit smoking, adding that the chance of quitting smoking decreases when an individual starts smoking at an early age.

According to Kurdi, that there are two ways to quit smoking: through medical and social assistance, and through medication. However, in order to be successful, he said, both methods need the will and self-motivation of the individual who smokes.

Kurdi named some of the health issues resulting from smoking, including heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, and lung cancer.

He urged pharmacists and workers in the health sector to play an active role in the drive to reduce smoking by showing the harm the habit does to smokers and those around them.

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