At the World Pharmacists Day 2018 celebrations this year on 20-21 October at My Town Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur, International Medical University (IMU) School of Pharmacy brings together dedicated students and faculty to promote smoking prevention and cessation. The campaign was aimed at educating the public on the dangers of tobacco products and strategies to quit smoking. The World Pharmacists Day 2018 celebration was officiated by YB Datuk Seri Dr Zulkefly Ahmad, the Minister of Health Malaysia. The event included exhibition booths related to health topics and safe use of medicine, talks by pharmacists, health screening and special performances by universities.
With support School of Pharmacy faculty, IMU Pharmacy Students’ Association (IPSA) participated and organised a smoking prevention and cessation campaign at the event. The campaign was organised by sixteen (16) pharmacy and pharmaceutical chemistry students and attracted the attention of members of the public; mostly smokers who shown interest to quit smoking. The campaign reached out by providing information on approaches to quit smoking, and the roles of pharmacists as well as mQuit services in supporting smoking cessation. Aidil Natasha, a Semester 5 pharmacy student who led the campaign believed that “people came to seek help as they genuinely want to live a healthier lifestyle” and their efforts are important to keep them motivated. Participating in this event is in line with the School of Pharmacy and the IMU Pharmacy Students’ Association’s aim to educate the general public on various drug and health problems, while increasing the public’s awareness of the role of pharmacists in healthcare.