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Biochemical validation of self reported quit rates among Buddhist monks in Cambodia
  1. D Yel1,
  2. G K Hallen1,
  3. R G Sinclair2,
  4. K Mom2,
  5. C T Srey3
  1. 1Tobacco Free Initiative, World Health Organization, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  2. 2Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Cambodia
  3. 3Pasteur Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  1. Correspondence to:
 D Yel

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Smoking cessation programmes in Cambodia have found that Buddhist monks are highly motivated to quit smoking. Although over 23.4% of all Buddhist monks smoke,1 the self reported quit rates average 87%. The Adventist Development Relief Agency’s (ADRA) “Khmer Quit Now” programme has achieved this success through a five day smoking cessation class. ADRA has found that Buddhist monk peer support groups work well; the one year quit rate has been a consistent 87% over four years in five different Cambodian provinces. This extraordinary quit …

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