KHCC's TDT Clinic

About the TDT Clinic
The TDT Clinic at KHCC is part of the Tobacco Control Unit/Cancer Control Office. It was established in 2008 in order to fulfill the Cancer Control Office’s mission of reducing the cancer burden through effective tobacco control by providing the Jordanian public with necessary support in quitting smoking.

Smoking Statistics
Smoking is responsible for more than 5.4 million deaths in the world every year.
Approximately 60% of smokers die from tobacco-related diseases.

Smokers are not only putting themselves at risk, but they are also harming others around them who are involuntarily exposed to their smoking – this is called exposure to second-hand smoke or passive smoking.
In Jordan, statistics show that roughly 61% of Jordanian households have at least one regular smoker and 60% of children are exposed to tobacco through second-hand smoke. Exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer among adults who do not smoke, and respiratory infections among children.
Another type of risk exists as a result of smoking: exposure to third-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke is the tobacco smoke contamination that remains after the cigarette has been extinguished. It contains a cocktail of toxins that linger in carpets, sofas, curtains, clothes and other materials for days or even weeks after a cigarette has been put out. Exposure to third-hand smoke has been shown to be a health hazard, especially for infants and children.

Smoking in general and smoking among youth in specific is becoming a global epidemic. Jordan’s Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (2007) shows:
Among adults, 29% are cigarette smokers and 9.3% are water-pipe smokers.
Among men in particular, 63% of 25 to 34 year-olds and roughly 55% of 35 to 54 year-olds smoke cigarettes.
Furthermore, Jordan’s Global Youth Tobacco Survey (2009) has shown that:
11.5% of school students aged (13-15) years are cigarette smokers and 21.4% of students are water-pipe smokers.
Most smokers pick up their bad habit before the age of 18,.
Youth are a target of tobacco firms through the firms’ deceiving advertisements.

Combating smoking through tobacco control
In order to combat this epidemic, many strategies need to be adopted in the country to reduce tobacco use, such as:
  • banning of smoking in public places
  • banning of advertisement and promotion of tobacco products
  • public and youth awareness about the addictive and harmful nature of tobacco as well as tobacco manufacturers deceiving advertisements
  • public awareness about availability of smoking cessation services, should be part of these strategies.
Smoking cessation
Smoking cessation will eventually reduce the chances of developing tobacco-related diseases including many types of cancers, so that over time the risk becomes equivalent to that of non-smokers.

The TDT Clinic offers services including:
counseling
medications
individualized quit plans for smokers to help them quit.
following-up with patients every six months.
Further counseling (If there is a relapse and the patient has taken up smoking again)

For more information on how to make an appointment with the Smoking Cessation Clinic, click here.

Clinic Statistics
The smoking cessation clinic helps around 120 new clients per year to quit smoking. This number includes cancer patients, employees and non-cancer patients.

Clinic Staff
Feras Hawari, MD
Chief, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Director of Respiratory Therapy Service
Director of Cancer Control  Office
fhawari@khcc.jo

Ibtihal Issam, MD
Early Detection Program Physician
iissam@khcc.jo

Motaz Labib, MD
Consultant Physician and Specialist of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine
dl.11593@khcc.jo             

Sahar Dawahrah
Senior PFT Lab Technician
sdawahrah@KHCC.JO

Wisam Alrabadi
Junior PFT Lab Technician
WA.10960@KHCC.JO

Opening hours
Four smoking cessation clinics operates four times a week:

Monday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.  (2 clinics simultaneously)
Thursday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please call: 06-5300460 ext. 4086 or at 077-8444517.