Following the successful 2015 Kuala Lumpur Nicotine Addiction Conference (KLNAC) held at Aloft Hotel Kuala Lumpur, there was a need to continue this event with increasing knowledge, skills and attitudes towards assisting smokers to quit. Since 2015, there has not been any conference within our region similar to KLNAC.

The Nicotine Addiction Research group of University Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences (NARCC) decided to lead in this area of smoking cessation. In the MPOWER strategies of the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), the ‘O’ of MPOWER is to offer smoking cessation. This area in tobacco control is often neglected by current tobacco control advocates stop smoking service provider. It has also been called the weakest link of the six strategies of MPOWER.

This conference builds on the symposiums and conference held in Kuala Lumpur in 2012, 2015 and in Kota Kinabalu in 2016. All symposiums and conference aimed at capacity building, networking and knowledge transfer not just within the medical fields, but it has extended to the area of information and technology as well as engineering.

 

 

Objective of KLNAC2018:

 

To increase the knowledge and information sharing between medicine and other areas of engineering and IT in the field of tobacco cessation and control.The target participants will be the doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, engineers with interest in this area, both in the Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Health, information technologists and non-government organizations.

Experience sharing and collaboration in areas related to smoking cessation      and tobacco control between fellows of the Asia Pacific Region from WHO Tobacco Control Programme held from the years 2015-2017. Besides to encourage participation and showcase of academic research outputs, KLNAC 2018 also has an objective to prepare the Nicotine Addiction Research and Collaborating Centre (NARCC) of UM to become a fellow WHO collaborating centre for the South-East Asia region.

 

 

Who should attend ?

 

The symposium is open to all professionals and students in health and tobacco related fields; medical, engineers, IT professionals, dentists, pharmacists, scientists, members of non-governmental organizations and any other individuals who are interested in the area of nicotine addiction research and services.

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur

When you are flying in to Kuala Lumpur you will most likely fly into the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (for legacy airlines) or KLIA2 (for low cost airlines). KLIA2 is the new low cost terminal replacing the LCCT. It is situated next the KLIA. Travelling between KLIA and KLIA2 is easy as it is connected by both the KLIA Transit Train and bus services, which offer the transfer for a small fee of RM2.00 one way.

Travelling to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Sentral

From the airport, the easiest but not the least expensive way to Kuala Lumpur (KL) is to use a taxi. Purchase a fixed rate taxi coupon in the Terminal and board the taxi at the designated taxi area. Avoid touts who may be present to tempt you to use their 'cheaper' taxis.  The Express Rail Link (ERL) provide the fastest service which will take around 30 minutes form KLIA and KLIA2 to the KL Sentral Station in the city. Aloft Hotel, Kuala Lumpur the Conference hotel is situated next to the KL Sentral Station.Alternatively, use the bus service to the KL Sentral Station which is much cheaper. There are several services that offer direct bus to KL Sentral Station for as low as RM10 one-way.

Immigration and Custom

All passengers arriving at a Malaysian port of entry are checked through Immigration control.  When you arrive in Malaysia you will pass through Customs. If you have more than the customs allowances, you must declare them to a customs officer. Do not try to hide goods; anything which is not properly declared may be confiscated and severe penalties can be imposed on anyone breaking Customs regulations. Customs officers may stop travelers to carry out random checks.Prohibited and Restricted Goods that may not be imported into Malaysia include controlled drugs (such as opium, heroin, morphine, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines, barbiturates and LSD); firearms, ammunition and explosives; counterfeit coins and bank notes; indecent and obscene books, magazines, films and other articles; radio transmitters.  Do not attempt to smuggle drugs or any animal into Malaysia.  Never carry bags through Customs for someone else.  Be warned that Malaysia has very severe punishment for drugs trafficking. For the full list of dutiable goods, nonadjustable goods, duty exemption for residence and non-residence, prohibited and restricted goods visit the Malaysian Customs' website.

 

Travelling in Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines is the flagship carrier of the country and it provide extensive domestic and international network. While AirAsia the no-frills airline, which also provide extensive domestic and international destination. The cheaper though much slower way to see the country is to use the railways (KTM). While in KL city, there are taxis, buses and rail transport system (KL rail system). Currently RapidKL has been assigned by the government to provide an integrated public transport system in the Klang Valley (it includes KL and the surrounding towns and city) incorporating rail and bus services. You can purchase the RapidKL Monthly Travel Card for convenient transportation within KL.

Money

There is no limit to the amount of money you may bring into the country.  Malaysian currency is denominated in ringgit (RM) and sens. Coins exist to the value of 1 sen, 5 sens, 10 sens, 20 sens, and 50 sens (note the 1 ringgit coin has been removed from circulation, do not accept is as a legal tender).  Notes are to the value of RM1,RM2, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM 50 and RM100, (we used to have RM500 and RM1000 which have also been removed from circulation).If you don't like to use cash, then credit card are better alternative, it is readily accepted at most outlets in hotels and shopping centres. You will have to be aware that some food outlets only accept this form of payment for a minimum purchase (e.g. RM30 or RM50) and some establishments selling computers and electronic products also charge a percentage for the use of credit cards.

Banks

Banks in most states in Malaysia are open on Monday-Friday from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm; Saturdays from 9.30 am to 11.30 am and close on Sundays. Some branches stay open later and a few open on Sundays. Beside the bank counters, most banks have electronic banking that will fulfill most of your banking needs, some banks even have internet banking. If you would like to bank through the internet please ensure that it is a secure website and used encryption technology (i.e. https) and the site have a trusted security certificate, you should never access a banking site from an e-mail links. For the latest information on the Malaysia monetary policy, exchange rates, and the local and foreign banks in Malaysia please visit the Bank Negara's website

Post Offices

Open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm daily except Sundays and public holidays (except Kedah, Kelantan and Trengganu which are closed on Fridays and public holidays).  Visit the Pos Malaysia's website for the latest postage rates and services.You can also use other local or international courier services for sending of mail and packages.

Time

The Malaysian Standard Time is eight hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity

Voltage is 220-240 volts while A/C is at 50 cycles per second. The plug has three prongs (two flat and one rectangular) that form a triangle.

Telephones

Telephone kiosks are to be found at all airports, seaports, railway and bus stations, post offices and in the streets. Instructions for use are given inside the kiosks. Public payphones can be of different types, accepting coins, phone cards and, in some cases, credit cards. Phone cards may be purchased from some shops. The long-distance code for Malaysia is 60. International Direct Dialing (IDD) is available throughout Malaysia. Full details of dialing codes are given in The Phone Book. Dial 103 if you need assistance from the Operator. Charges will vary according to distance, length of call and the time of day when the call is made.

Mobile phone services are available in all cities, towns and on highway, the three main mobile phone provider are Celcom, Maxis and Digi.

Life in Malaysia

The Weather and Your Clothing

The weather in Malaysia can be extremely changeable, wet and windy one moment, humid and sunny the next.  An umbrella is useful at all times of the year. Casual, light-weight clothes are worn, including shorts, T-shirts and sandals. Although the average temperature in Malaysia is not very high, but due to its humid conditions it can sometime be very uncomfortable especially in the afternoons.

Social Customs

Malaysia is proud to be multi-racial and multicultural. Generally Malaysians are shy but friendly, tolerant and understanding, and have a long tradition of welcoming visitors from overseas.  Politeness and consideration for others are always appreciated. If you are invited into someone's home it is usual (but not essential) to take a small gift such as chocolates or flowers or, even better, a souvenir from your own country. Try to arrive on time, as it is considered rude to be late, particularly if a meal is served. If you are unexpectedly delayed or are unable to attend be sure to let the host know. R.S.V.P. on a written invitation means that you are expected to reply stating whether or not you will be attending the function. Smoking is banned in theatres, in most public buildings and public transport. Before smoking in public, it is advisable to check that smoking is permitted and that your companions do not object. 

 

Invited Speakers

 

 

 

   

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