Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Control Program
Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Control program is a top priority for the Public Health division at the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center. One of the main key strategies include the implementation of a smoke-free environment throughout Abu Dhabi and increase public awareness on the dangers of tobacco use and electronic smoking and how to give up smoking.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer.
There is very little research on Dokha and Medwak but it has been shown to be as harmful as cigarettes and shisha. Recent research has shown, it has high nicotine content, containing up to five times as much as a normal cigarette.
Your doctor can advise you on a number of strategies to help you quit smoking. By visiting one of the following smoking cessation clinics:
|No.||Facility Name||Region||Contact Number|
|1||Al Bateen Healthcare Center||Abu Dhabi||80050|
|2||Baniyas Healthcare Center Ambulatory Healthcare Services||Abu Dhabi||80050|
|3||Madinat Khalifa Healthcare Center Ambulatory Healthcare Services||Abu Dhabi||80050|
|4||Al Mushrif Children's Specialty Center||Abu Dhabi||80050|
|5||Al Maqta Healthcare Center||Abu Dhabi||80050|
|6||Al Jahli Healthcare Center||Al Ain||80050|
|7||Al Muweiji Healthcare Center Ambulatory Healthcare Services||Al Ain||80050|
|8||Tawam Smoking Cessation Clinic -Tawam Hospital||Al Ain||80050|
|9||Oud Al Touba Healthcare Center Ambulatory Healthcare Services||Al Ain||80050|
|10||Al Quaa healthcare Center||Al Ain||80050|
|11||Al Dhafra Family Medicine Center||Al Dhafra||02-8700000|
|12||AL FUAD MEDICAL CENTRE||Abu Dhabi||025599444|
|13||Health plus Diabetes and Endocrinology L.L.C||Abu Dhabi||600503035|
|14||Madinat Mohamed Bin Zayed Healthcare Center||Abu Dhabi||80050|
|15||Sweihan Health Care Center||Al Ain||80050|
Have you decided to quit smoking?
Congratulations on deciding to quit smoking, no matter how addicted you are, you can stop smoking.
This has advice for you on how to successfully quit smoking. Many people stop smoking and some find it helpful to use medications to help them. Your doctor can advise you about medications if you need help to stop smoking.
When you are getting ready to quit Remember:
- You are probably addicted to nicotine and it can take time to break away from nicotine addiction. Many people manage to do this successfully every day.
- It may take more than one attempt to quit for good, the important thing is not to give up
- You may smoke when you are stressed, bored or angry, so try not to expose yourself to such conditions and remember the stress will pass without the need for a cigarette
- Try and stay away from social situations where people are smoking as this may weaken your resolve
Some tips which may help you to stop smoking:
- Set a date for stopping, and stop completely. (Some people prefer the idea of cutting down gradually. However, research has shown that if you smoke less cigarettes than usual, you are likely to smoke more of each cigarette, and nicotine levels remain nearly the same. Therefore, it is usually best to stop once and for all from a set date).
- Tell everyone that you are stopping. Friends and family often give support.
- Get rid of ashtrays, lighters, and all cigarettes and e- smoking products.
- Be prepared for some withdrawal symptoms. When you stop smoking, you are likely to get symptoms such as: feeling sick, headaches, anxiety, being irritable and cravings. These symptoms are caused by the lack of nicotine that your body has been used to. They tend to peak after 12-24 hours, and then gradually ease over 2-4 weeks.
- Be aware of situations in which you are most likely to want to smoke and try changing your routine for the first few weeks.
- Take one day at a time. Mark off each successful day on a calendar. Look at it when you feel tempted to smoke, and tell yourself you don't want to start all over again.
- Tell people that you don't smoke. You will smell better. After a few weeks you should feel better, taste your food more, and cough less. You will have more money.
- Some people worry about gaining weight when they give up smoking as the appetite may improve. Be prepared for an increase in appetite, and try not to increase fatty or sugary foods as snacks. Try sugar-free gum and fruit instead.
- despair if you fail and have a cigarette. You don't have to start smoking again. Examine the reasons why you felt it was more difficult at that particular time, and try again. On average, people who eventually stop smoking have made 3 or 4 previous attempts.
- Various medicines can increase your chance of quitting. These include Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) which comes as gums, sprays, patches, tablets, lozenges, and inhalers. You can buy NRT without a prescription. Also, other medicines can help. These are available on prescription and need to be taken with the advice of your doctor.
- Smoking cessation clinics are available and increasing in number, and pharmacists can advise you on over the counter aids to help you quit smoking.
- For Nationals: Treatment, for both counselling and medication, is fully covered by Thiqa Daman insurance
- For Non Nationals: Counselling and medication coverage as per individual insurance plan.