KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 5 – The stop smoking campaign conducted in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya has received the support of 56 hospitals and private pharmacies. They have also offered a free Stop Smoking Service (mQuit) for smokers who wished to quit smoking, as provided by 15 health clinics now.
Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Federal Territory Health Department (Public Health) deputy director Dr Wan Mansor Hamzah said the offer of private parties will encourage more smokers to kick the bad habit. Dr Wan Mansor told reporters after inaugurating the department’s health cycling team and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya-level ‘Ramadan Health Campaign’ here today that under the programme smokers will undergo regular counseling sessions for six months.
Besides the sessions conducted by healthcare professionals, participants will also be given free medication to help them quit smoking. The mQuit programme involves the cooperation of the Health Ministry, Universiti Malaya, University Science Malaysia, Academy of Pharmacy and Johnson & Johnson Sdn Bhd. About the ‘Ramadan Health Campaign’ Wan Mansor said it was an approach of the department to increase awareness among Muslim smokers to quit smoking. — Bernama