Smoking cessation programme involving acupuncture well received
28 March 2012
The vast majority of smokers who have taken part in a smoking cessation programme involving the use of acupuncture have expressed their satisfaction with the service. The programme, which is subvented by the Department of Health (DH), has helped many smokers to quit the habit since its launch in April 2010.
The programme is a joint effort by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Pok Oi Hospital (POH) and the DH.
Free acupuncture and counselling services are provided to smokers by POH Chinese medicine practitioners (CMPs) in 18 community-based mobile clinics which cover more than 90 locations across Hong Kong.
The State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine provides expertise in designing the treatment protocol and training to the CMPs for delivery of acupuncture services.
Reviewing the progress of the programme in a press conference today (March 28), the Head of the DH's Tobacco Control Office, Dr Raymond Ho, said the programme targets smokers aged 18 or above who are suitable for receiving acupuncture after assessment by CMPs.
By the end of 2011, a total of 2,388 clients had used the smoking cessation service. Among them, 64 per cent were male smokers while 36 per cent were female smokers. About 60 per cent were aged between 30 and 49.
Dr Ho said, "Feedback on the programme is positive. Preliminary clinical findings have shown that acupuncture is an effective way to quit smoking and no serious side effect has been reported so far."
Smokers who wish to quit are encouraged to seek further information about this free smoking cessation service at POH's hotline 2607 1222 or at its website at http://www.pokoi.org.hk/tc/main.aspx