Those in charge of anti-smoking centers in the health cluster in Al-Ahsa revealed that 21 medical clinics specialized in smoking cessation have been allocated, including clinics for women, and other joint clinics for men and women, all of which are equipped with qualified medical and nursing staff, and with advanced medical equipment. These clinics provide, A full range of services, including: awareness services, medical consultations, treatment services, and post-treatment follow-up.
And they indicated during their conversations with Al-Watan yesterday, on the sidelines of the activities entitled: “Our urbanization is without smoking,” organized by the Health Cluster in Al-Ahsa and the Social Development Committee in the city of Al-Omran, at Al-Omran General Hospital, that it supports these clinics, a call center that makes regular contact With the patients, following up the development of their cases and directing them to how to complete the treatment program and obtain it, and respond to any inquiries received from the beneficiaries of the service, and that all services are provided by the Ministry of Health free of charge to smokers, to help them quit, and there are psychologists of both sexes in the clinics to help the auditors, and to provide sessions aimed at To strengthen the motivation of the references and enhance their confidence to take the bold decision to stop smoking and quit permanently, explaining that those who are therapeutically qualified to quit smoking are: Saudis, domestic workers, drivers and non-Saudi farmers.
3 stations to take off
They added that the patient goes through 3 basic stations in the smoking cessation clinic, which extends for nearly 3 continuous months, with a session every two weeks. The stations are:
• Determining the degree of addiction to nicotine, and measuring the amount of carbon monoxide in exhaled air.
• Determining the beginning of smoking, its type and quantity, previous attempts to quit, reasons for returning to smoking, and the extent of readiness to stop.
• Determining medications to help quit and relieve withdrawal symptoms in the event of an acute one.
* Second-hand smoke causes more than 600,000 premature deaths annually.
* Second-hand smoke leads to delayed pregnancy, low fetal weight, and respiratory infections.
* 20 minutes after quitting, the heart rate begins to gradually drop to the normal range.
* 12 hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels in the body return to their normal level.
After 3 months of quitting, the rate of heart attacks begins to decline, and lung function improves significantly.
* After 9 months of quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
After a year of quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease is halved compared to smokers.
* After 15 years of quitting, the risk of stroke decreases, and reaches the rates of non-smokers.
* After 10 years of quitting, the risk of dying from lung cancer is reduced by half that of smokers, and the risk of other cancers is reduced by half.
* After 15 years of quitting, the risk of coronary artery disease is equal to that of non-smokers.