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ALOR SETAR, 6 May 2017:
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.
Based on the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015, he said 26.5% of Kedahans aged 15 years and above are smokers – trailing behind Sabah at 28.4%.
Dr Norhizan said the survey also revealed that only 17.2% 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.”
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% smokers among the Muslims said it was easier to quit during that period.
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