prof. Dr. Karalezli told the state-run Anadolu Agency that the World Health Organization has determined the theme of “smoking cessation support” for this year, and that they provide the necessary support to patients in smoking cessation outpatient clinics.

Stating that smoking causes many diseases such as lung, bladder, throat cancer, COPD disease and paralysis, Karalezli emphasized that besides, it damages all organs from head to toe.

Pointing to the importance of quitting smoking, Karalezli said, “The risk of heart attack decreases to almost zero after 3-4 years. Therefore, quitting smoking is an important thing. Sometimes we see that he had a heart attack, bypass or stent inserted, but the patient still continues to smoke. continues, there are many studies that show an increased death rate in these.” made its assessment.

“Even short-term smoking can have negative effects on organs”
Karalezli stated that the risk of catching diseases such as COPD and cancer of a person who quits smoking decreases by 50 percent or more, but never goes to zero.

Noting that the most important thing is not to start smoking, Karalezli said, “After starting smoking, a person will unfortunately see the harms of smoking sooner or later. Even very short-term smoking can sometimes have negative effects on the organs.” said.

“There is data that smokers are at increased risk of contracting Kovid-19”

prof. Dr. Ayşegül Karalezli also explained that they regularly follow up the patients in the smoking cessation outpatient clinics.

Stating that the polyclinic was closed last year due to Kovid-19, but it was reopened as of March this year, Karalezli continued his words as follows:

“Currently, smoking cessation outpatient clinics are attracting a lot of attention. Because we have some data on the fact that smokers have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and the disease progresses more severely. If the person has a smoking-related disease such as COPD, it is also We have experienced and seen that the disease can be very bad, even deadly, and many studies have supported this.”

2,464 people applied to the smoking cessation polyclinic in 2019

Karalezli also shared various numerical data about the applications made to the smoking cessation outpatient clinic. Noting that he regarded last year as a “dead year”, but 2,464 people applied to polyclinics in 2019, Karalezli said, “Our success rate is 30 percent, at the same level as the rest of the world. Unfortunately, smoking cessation rates are never 100 percent successful treatments. That’s why we consider ourselves successful.” he said.

prof. Dr. Karalezli stated that in the past, patients were directed to community health centers so that they could take their medicines, but two of the necessary medicines could be accessed from the hospital with the Presidential decree.

Karalezli also added that smoking harms both the environment and the health of the person.




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