According to the Ministry of Health, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the 10th leading cause of death in Singapore. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a respiratory disease that can limit airflow in the lungs and cause breathing difficulties.
Smoking has been a known risk factor for it as well as for various diseases including lung cancer and also coronary artery diseases. Smoking is reported to be accountable for 87% and 70% of lung cancer deaths in men and women respectively. However, it is also the most preventable cause of death in the world and statistics show that quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related diseases by about 90 per cent.
The Smoking Cessation Clinic at CGH is conducted by Certified Quit Smoking Consultant (CQSC) pharmacists to motivate and equip smokers with the necessary counselling and life skills, in order to quit smoking. Patients are assessed for their nicotine dependence by obtaining their personal smoking and medical history, as well as relevant information required to devise a quit plan that may include medication. Through regular reviews and monitoring with our Certified Quit Smoking Consultant (CQSC) pharmacists, patients’ quit plans are adjusted according to their progress.
If you have been trying unsuccessfully to quit, or are finding the first few weeks of quitting difficult to get through, consider enlisting professional help.
To make an appointment, call 6850 3333.
2 Simei Street 3,
(65) 6788 8833
(65) 6788 0933
Changi General Hospital (CGH)