Original Article

IJMDC. 2022; 6(7): 931-941

Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Zuhoor M. Alsomali, Ola Al Saati, Areej Alqahtani, Elyas Alsoomali, Ahmed I. Andijani.

ABSTRACT

Background: Each year, tobacco kills more than 8 million people. More than 7 million of these deaths are due to direct tobacco use, while 1.2 million are caused by non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke. The Ministry of Health (MOH) has increased its efforts toward combating tobacco consumption in Saudi Arabia. This study objective is to measure the publics’ knowledge in Saudi Arabia about the various smoking cessation resources and services offered by the MOH. Methods: A link to a cross-sectional online survey was distributed to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, residents on social media platforms in January 2022 (n = 415). Survey questions were adapted from the Global Tobacco Surveillance System. The data were analyzed using Statistical Packages for the Social Sciences software (v22.0). Results: A total of (n = 319) responses were analyzed. Current tobacco smokers represented 60% of them. The smokers were composed of 75% of males and 25% of females who consumed tobacco. Despite a large number of the respondent being smokers, there were inadequate levels of knowledge about the various smoking cessation services offered by the MOH (40.9% of the respondents acknowledged the services provided, and 53.5% were neutral regarding these services). Conclusion: Despite the MOH’s efforts to provide numerous smoking cessation services, there remains a lack of knowledge amongst the population of Riyadh. This can slow the MOH efforts toward decreasing smoking rates amongst the population in Saudi Arabia; more efforts are needed to raise awareness of these services in Saudi Arabia.

Keywords:
Smoking cessation, Awareness, Saudi Arabia


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Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Zuhoor M Alsomali
Family Medicine Department, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Ola Al Saati
College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Areej Alqahtani
Primary Health Care and Family Medicine, Ministry of National Guards Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Elyas Alsoomali
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Ahmed I Andijani
Family Medicine and Employee Health Department, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Family Medicine Department, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.; zmalsomali@kfmc.med.sa

Publication history
Received 21 Apr 2022
Accepted 30 Apr 2022
Published online 25 May 2022
Published in print 08 Jul 2022

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Alsomali ZM, Saati OA, Alqahtani A, Alsoomali E, Andijani AI. Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2022; 6(7): 931-941. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1650056557


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Alsomali ZM, Saati OA, Alqahtani A, Alsoomali E, Andijani AI. Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=17669 [Access: September 29, 2022]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1650056557


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Alsomali ZM, Saati OA, Alqahtani A, Alsoomali E, Andijani AI. Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2022; 6(7): 931-941. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1650056557


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Alsomali ZM, Saati OA, Alqahtani A, Alsoomali E, Andijani AI. Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2022), [cited September 29, 2022]; 6(7): 931-941. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1650056557


Harvard Style

Alsomali, Z. M., Saati, . O. A., Alqahtani, . A., Alsoomali, . E. & Andijani, . A. I. (2022) Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 6 (7), 931-941. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1650056557


Turabian Style

Alsomali, Zuhoor M., Ola Al Saati, Areej Alqahtani, Elyas Alsoomali, and Ahmed I. Andijani. 2022. Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (7), 931-941. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1650056557


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Alsomali, Zuhoor M., Ola Al Saati, Areej Alqahtani, Elyas Alsoomali, and Ahmed I. Andijani. "Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6 (2022), 931-941. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1650056557


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alsomali, Zuhoor M., Ola Al Saati, Areej Alqahtani, Elyas Alsoomali, and Ahmed I. Andijani. "Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6.7 (2022), 931-941. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1650056557


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Alsomali, Z. M., Saati, . O. A., Alqahtani, . A., Alsoomali, . E. & Andijani, . A. I. (2022) Public awareness about the smoking cessation program by the Ministry of Health: a cross-sectional study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (7), 931-941. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1650056557


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