The process of smoking cessation in smokers attending Quit Smoking Clinics in Malaysia
Investigators: Ms Wee Lei Hum
  Prof Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud
  Prof Dr Robert West (Advisor)
Health Behaviour Research Centre,
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,
University College London
Agency: Ministry of Health
Amount: RM 520,000
Grant: Ninth Malaysia Plan (Research and Development)
Period: January 2007 – June 2011
Reference number: 53-02-03-1016 (Oracle 8531016)

This project attempts to test a new motivational theory called the PRIME theory in understanding how smokers prepare their quit attempts. This groundbreaking theory marks a significant shift in understanding the process and determinants of behavioural change. Despite the evidence on the effectiveness of various tobacco control strategies to improve the quit rates, there appear to be gaps in understanding the processes involve in smokers’ decisions to stop smoking.

The study is expected to offer new insights into the process of smoking cessation and also set to discover new predictors and improve intervention strategies. The project is funded by the Ministry of Health and is expected to cost about RM520,000 over 4 years. Data collection for the project has been completed and the project is on schedule for completion in June 2011. The project has funded research by one PhD candidate (Ms Wee Lei Hum).

The project resulted in an online database system for smoking cessation clinics and the following outputs:

  1. Wee LH, Mahmud ABA. The psychological process and factors related to smoking cessation. Ministry of Health Malaysia. ISBN 967-999-23 (BOOK).
  1. Conflict about quitting