Smoking cessation at the workplace: the dynamic process of relapse after administration of NRT
   
Investigators: Dr Siti Munira Yasin
  Assoc Prof Retneswari Masilamani
  Assoc. Prof Sanjay Rampal
  Dr Moy Foong Ming
Funding:  
Agency: University of Malaya
Amount: RM 30,000
Grant: UM Postgraduate Research Fund
Period: August 2009 February 2011
Reference number: PS161/2009B
   

Many initiatives have been implemented by the Ministry of Health in combating smoking among adults in Malaysia, nevertheless results do not appear promising. One of the areas that are causing problems worldwide is smoking relapse. Relapse is by far the most likely event in any smoking cessation attempt. The aim of this study is to identify risk factors for smoking relapse and examine the influence of these factors on the dynamic relapse process. It also examines whether Trans theoretical model (TTM) measures could predict relapse at the action stage, (i.e. the first 6 months of smoking cessation) and explores whether factors associated with relapse in an early quit attempt will lose its predictive power later on. The study involved a prospective cohort, which was conducted among workers in two public universities in Klang Valley. Smokers were given a course of Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Behavioural Therapy during a cessation attempt and were followed up for six months. Data collection for the project has been completed; currently it is undergoing final analysis. This project is funding research by one DrPH candidate (Dr Siti Munira Yasin). It is on schedule for completion in June 2011.

JOURNALS

  1. Predictors of Smoking Cessation Among Staff in Public Universities in Klang Valley, Malaysia. Asian Pacific J Cancer Prev, 2011;12(3):811-6
  2. Reliability and Construct Validity of the Bahasa Malaysia Version of Transtheoretical Model (TTM) Questionnaire for Smoking Cessation and Relapse among Malaysian Adult Smokers. Asian Pacific J Cancer Prev. 2011;12(6):1439-43.
  3. Does change in perception following counseling result in improved quitting outcome among Malaysian smokers? Asia Pac J Public Health. 2011 Dec 23. [Epub ahead of print]
  4. Smokers can quit regardless of motivation stage in a worksite smoking cessation programme in malaysia. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2011;12(9):2193-8.
JOURNALS ABSTRACTS/PROCEEDINGS
  1. Siti Munira Y, Retneswari M, Moy FM, Azlan D, David K (2011). Job Stressors in Relation to Smoking Cessation among Malaysian Male Employees in Worksite Smoking Cessation Programme (abstract only). Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 11 (Suppl 2), 34-35. ISSN: 1675-0306 (Non ISI/ Non Scopus cited)
  2. Siti Munira Y, Retneswari M, Moy FM, David K (2011). Risk factors for smoking relapse among Malaysian smokers attending worksite smoking cessation programme (abstract only). Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 11 (Suppl 4), 22-23. ISSN: 1675-0306 (Non ISI/ Non Scopus cited)
  3. Siti Munira Y (2011). Smokers can quit regardless of motivation in a worksite smoking cessation programme in Malaysia. (abstract only). Malaysian Journal of Community Health (Jurnal Kesihatan Kemasyarakatan), 17 (Suppl 1), ISSN: 1675-1663 (Non ISI/ Non Scopus cited)
CONFERENCE
  1. Yasin SM, Masilamani R, Moy FM, Koh D. Changes in Decisional Balance After Counseling is Associated with Improved Quit Rates Among Malaysian Smokers. Asia Pacific Academic Consortium of Public Health. Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. 24- 27th November 2010.
  2. Yasin SM, Masilamani R, Moy FM, Koh D. Predictors of Smoking Cessation Among Staff in Public Universities in Klang Valley, Malaysia. AsiaLink International Conference, Kuta, Bali. Indonesia. 27-28th November 2010. Pg. 20-21
  3. Yasin SM, Masilamani R, Moy FM, Koh D. Can Perceived Risk and Benefit of Quitting Predict Smoking Cessation Outcome? ; Malaysian Experience. First Regional Health Science and Nursing Conference, SACC, Shah Alam, Malaysia. 22-24th February 2011. Pg. 16
  4. Yasin SM, Retneswari M, Moy FM, Azlan D, David K. Job Stressors in Relation to Smoking Cessation among Malaysian Male Employees in Worksite Smoking Cessation Programme. 4th Regional Conference of Occupational Medicine, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 23-25th June 2011
  5. Yasin SM, Retneswari M, Moy FM, Koh D. Risk factors for smoking relapse among Malaysian smokers attending worksite smoking cessation programme. 6th National Public Health Conference, Klana Resort, Seremban, Malaysia, Malaysia 11-13th July 2011
  6. Yasin SM. Smokers can quit regardless of motivation stage in a worksite smoking cessation programme in Malaysia. First International Public Health Conference & 18th National Public Health Clloquium, Kuala Lumpur 27th-28th September 2011
AWARDS
  1. Yasin SM, Masilamani R, Moy FM, Koh D. Factors contributing to quitting success, early lapses and 50% cigarette reduction in a worksite smoking cessation programme in Malaysia. Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health, Sydney, Australia. 6-9th October 2010. Pg. 187-188 Awarded Scholarship Travel Award from Global Dialogue for Effective Stop-Smoking Campaigns, U.S.
  2. Yasin SM, Masilamani R, Moy FM, Koh D. Can Perception About Qutting Predict Smoking Cessation Outcome? ; Malaysian Experience. Cancer Research Exhibition, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia 23-24th February 2011. Pg. 243-244 Awarded 2nd Prize for Best Poster Presentation (Category: Epidemiology and Environmental research)
  3. Yasin SM, Masilamani R, Moy FM, Koh D. Timing to smoking relapse and risk factors associated with relapse among Malaysian smokers. The 4th International Cancer Control Congress, National Cancer Center, Korea. 3-5th November 2011. Awarded Scholarship Travel Award from the 4th International Cancer Control Congress, Korea.
  4. Yasin SM, Masilamani R, Moy FM, Koh D. Risk factors for smoking relapse among Malaysian smokers attending worksite smoking cessation programme. 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Singapore 20-24th March 2012. Awarded Scholarship Travel Award from the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Singapore.

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