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Smokers’ and Non-Smokers’ Attitudes towards Smoking Cessation in Saudi Arabia: A Systematic Review

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Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, University of Jeddah, P.O. Box 45311, Jeddah 21512, Saudi Arabia
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Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs, Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Independent Researcher, Aberdeen AB32 6RU, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8194; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218194
Received: 11 September 2020 / Revised: 25 October 2020 / Accepted: 4 November 2020 / Published: 6 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smoking Cessation)
Literature on smoking in Saudi Arabia is extensive. However, studies capturing the attitudes of both smokers and non-smokers towards smoking cessation are few. A PRISMA-P protocol guided systematic searches in MEDLINE and CINAHL on MeSH terms (smoking cessation AND Saudi Arabia). Peer reviewed articles in English were included in the narrative analysis. Screening reduced the 152 articles identified to 15 and independent critical appraisal identified 10 final articles for review. Few adopted validated survey tools or mentioned the best practice to be followed. There was considerable variation in the prevalence of smoking reported (13.7–49.2%) and survey response rates (8.9–100%). There was a paucity of quality evidence but it is clear that the smoking pandemic is still resonant in Saudi Arabia. Despite support for education programs to prevent the uptake of smoking, policy-driven action to reduce environmental second-hand smoking, and provision of support for smoking cessation, more needs to be done. View Full-Text
Keywords: smoking cessation; Saudi Arabia; systematic review smoking cessation; Saudi Arabia; systematic review
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Tobaiqy, M.; Thomas, D.; MacLure, A.; MacLure, K. Smokers’ and Non-Smokers’ Attitudes towards Smoking Cessation in Saudi Arabia: A Systematic Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8194. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218194

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Tobaiqy M, Thomas D, MacLure A, MacLure K. Smokers’ and Non-Smokers’ Attitudes towards Smoking Cessation in Saudi Arabia: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):8194. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218194

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Tobaiqy, Mansour, Dennis Thomas, Andrew MacLure, and Katie MacLure. 2020. "Smokers’ and Non-Smokers’ Attitudes towards Smoking Cessation in Saudi Arabia: A Systematic Review" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 8194. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218194

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