Frequency of smoking cessation and associated factors among consumers of Cessation Clinics of the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia


  • Alaa Ahmed Albeyahi Epidemiologist
  • Mona E. Alzahrani
  • Nagla E. Mahmoud
  • Manayer S. Aleshiwi
  • Fatimah S. Rabhan
  • Sarah A. Bolbol
  • Ehsanullah K. Tarin
  • Nashwa M. Radwan
  • Ali M. Alwadey


Background:Smoking cessation clinics were established in Saudi Arabia in 2014 to control smoking among the Saudi population and contribute to realizing the Saudi vision 2030 of having a healthy nation. This study aimed to determine the frequency of smoking cessation and associated factors among consumers of Ministry of Health (MOH) clinics and to measure their satisfaction with the services provided.

Methods:A cross-sectional study of 800 participants was conducted from June to December 2019 at MOH smoking cessation clinics in Saudi Arabia. A predesigned questionnaire was used to collect databy phone interview through the health consultation center (937) at (MOH).  

Results:The frequency of quitting smoking among the consumers of (MOH) smoking cessation clinics was 26.0% and the frequency of smoking relapse after quitting attempts was 52.3%. The main indicators of quitting smoking were related to contentment, self-efficacy and social, family support as well as counseling services and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) provided by these clinics. About 70% of the participants were satisfied with the services.

Conclusion:Smoking cessation clinics in Saudi Arabia have played an important role in helping individuals to quit smoking. More attention must be payed to these clinics to ensure optimum level of service and medication provision.

Keywords:Saudi Arabia, Smoking Cessation, Cessation Clinics, Relapse, Satisfaction.


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Ahmed Albeyahi, A., Alzahrani, M. E. ., Mahmoud, N. E., Aleshiwi, M. S., Rabhan, F. S. ., Bolbol, S. A. ., Tarin , E. K. ., Radwan, N. M., & Alwadey , A. M. . (2020). Frequency of smoking cessation and associated factors among consumers of Cessation Clinics of the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries, 14(2). Retrieved from



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