GC004-15HTM: UM GRAND CHALLENGE (SMOKING CESSATION IN MALAYSIA)
Overview of the program
This study is investigating relevant tobacco control activities that are already available in Malaysia and introduce new smoking cessation initiatives to increase existing quit rates. These have being done through four major areas:
- New innovations in smoking cessation
- Trials on new or existing treatments for smoking cessation
- Awareness and advocacy
Investigate and explore the roles of education (including religion, language and training) towards delivering a successful smoking cessation program and develop collaborations with key stakeholders to identify the state of knowledge of tobacco control and opportunities to increase this
New innovations in smoking cessation
Investigate and explore the possibility of new technology in combating tobacco use and assisting those who intend to quit smoking. Work with other research groups (e.g. telecommunications, marketing, media, social anthropology) to develop mobile application in local language (Malay, Mandarin & Tamil) and will be tested in the local context among the populations whom smoking prevalence is highest or trending upwards.
Trials on new or existing treatments for smoking cessation
Investigate and explore the role of pharmacological and psychological interventions in assisting smokers to quit. Find out preferred type of treatment (Nicotine patch, gum and oral medication) for Quit Smoking. Establish collaborations with laboratory scientists in Malaysia to set up assays that are affordable.
Awareness and advocacy
Investigate and explore the role of awareness and advocacy in tobacco control in accessing and implementing smoking cessation services among University students. Build effective relationships with organisations in the community to help promote participation in research. Do more activities and give talks on Quit Smoking by trained University students among the adopted schools under UMCARES.
The four areas of research highlighted above cover various aspects of smoking cessation; from the study of the messages contained within educational pamphlets to the clinical utilisation of pharmacological and psychological support. It is necessary to investigate and assess all aspects of smoking cessation in order to ascertain the most effective and efficient methods. It is hoped that the subprograms will not only develop and increase understanding of the current situation in Malaysia, but lead to novel findings that will be of assistance both nationally and globally.
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