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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: 

  1. Education
  2. New innovations in smoking cessation
  3. Trials on new or existing treatments for smoking cessation
  4. 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.


For more info about our project please click below:

GC004A: Training

GC004B: Innovation

GC004C: Treatment

GC004D: Advocacy
Project Background
The Health Effect of Secondhand Smokers in Malaysia

List of Project involved and the investigators
Project Project Title  Researchers  Specification  Department 
 1  Workplace secondhand smoke exposure within smoke-free area and its associated factors  Ikmal Rashiden (Student)
Dr. Nur Amani @ natasha bt Ahmad Tajuddin
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yee Hway Ann
Medical Science (1) Primary care medicine (UM)
(2)Psychology Medicine (UM)
 2 Desktop Smoking Machine  Dr. Effariza binti Hanafi  Engineering  Electrical Engineering (UM) 

Milestones Program
February 2015- January 2020

Last Update: December 26, 2017