In Thailand, the prevalence of smoking is much lower among women (1.8%) compared with men (36%). The MPOWER, introduced by the WHO as strategies of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control comprising the main strategies for tobacco control has been used for tobacco control in Thailand. Dujrudee has been involved with tobacco control activities using MPOWER through her teaching, conducting research, and providing smoking cessation services to smokers. Some previous examples of her research were on community pharmacists’ activities on providing smoking cessation services, helping parents to quit smoking through their children, impact of warning labels on smoking cessation, effect of Hi 5 on knowledge about smoking in smokers, training pharmacy students on providing smoking cessation at the University Pharmacy. Some examples of the current research with pharmacy students are a mobile application of smoking cessation for university students, surveys about exposure to second hand and third hand smoking among Thai university students, and issues on electronic cigarettes.
About Associate Professor Dujrudee Chinwong
Dujrudee Chinwong, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, received her Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy and Master Degree in Pharmacy Administration in Thailand. She received her Master of International Public Health at the University of Sydney in 2004 with an AusAID scholarship; her PhD on Clinical Epidemiology in Thailand with in part supported by an Endeavour Research Fellowship at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (CCEB), the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is helping the Thai Pharmacy Network for Tobacco Control to promote smoking cessation.