To curb tobacco menace, DHSK mulls to establish cessation centres in all major hospitals
These centres will help in reducing tobacco consumption, related diseases: Nodal officer
Srinagar, Dec 26 (KNO): In order to curb the menace of tobacco consumption in the Kashmir division, authorities are mulling to start tobacco cessation centres in all medical colleges, district hospitals and sub district hospitals.
Dr. Mir Mushtaq Spokesperson DHSK who is also Nodal Officer, National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) for Kashmir while quoting Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that Directorate of Health Services Kashmir under National Tobacco Control programme is establishing tobacco cessation centres in all district hospitals, sub district hospitals along medical colleges.
He said that these centres were already functioning in some hospitals but there was a need to streamline them in order to get the desired results.
“Tobacco cessation centers in hospitals play a crucial role in promoting public health. They provide a structured environment for individuals to receive support, counseling, and resources to quit smoking,” he said.
He added that hospitals are key institutions for health promotion and tobacco cessation centers contribute to reducing smoking-related diseases, such as respiratory and cardiovascular issues, ultimately improving overall public health.
“Trained professionals in these centers can offer personalized guidance and support, increasing the chances of successful tobacco cessation. This expertise is especially important in managing withdrawal symptoms and addressing psychological aspects of addiction,” he added further.
He said that hospitals can provide a multidisciplinary approach to tobacco cessation by involving various healthcare professionals, including physicians, psychologists, and nutritionists as this comprehensive strategy enhances the effectiveness of cessation programs.
“Placing cessation services in hospitals ensures accessibility for individuals who may already be seeking medical care. This facilitates early intervention and support for those ready to quit smoking,” Dr Mir Mushtaq said.
“Tobacco cessation services can be integrated into routine healthcare visits, reinforcing the importance of quitting and providing continuous support throughout a patient’s healthcare journey,” he said, adding that these centres can address co-occurring medical conditions associated with tobacco use, fostering a holistic approach to healthcare.
He further added that hospitals can contribute to research efforts by collecting data on tobacco cessation outcomes and this information can be valuable for refining intervention strategies and understanding the impact of cessation programs on various populations.
“Incorporating tobacco cessation centers into hospitals aligns with the broader goal of preventive healthcare and can significantly contribute to reducing the burden of tobacco-related diseases on both individuals and society,” he said.
He said that the director has also said DHSK may integrate addiction treatment facilities for tobacco cessation as well—(KNO)