As more and more younger men and women started to pick up smoking at an earlier age, more people are exposed to harmful chemicals from cigarette smoke directly and passively. I do not like that smell and I swore not to pick up smoking at all.
Some people picked up smoking from their peers while some picked up smoking as they seen from their parents. Even a young boy from Indonesia picked up smoking at a young age & now he needed to smoke about 40 sticks/day. Isn’t it scary?
This campaign – Towards Tobacco-Free Singapore is targeting people below the age of 12, or those born after January 2000 to educate them on smoking & its harmful effects.
Here are some of the facts quoted on the official website:
Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in Singapore:
- On average, 7 Singaporeans die each day from smoking.
- At current rates, tobacco will kill 1 out of every 13 Singaporean children born from the year 2000.
- More Singaporeans die in just one month from tobacco than in a whole year from traffic accidents.
Second-hand smoke kills non-smokers:
- Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 people, including 165,000 children, worldwide each year.
- About 250 non-smokers die each year in Singapore from exposure to second-hand smoke.
Tobacco is extremely harmful:
- Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
- Nicotine is highly addictive – 95% of smokers say they would like to quit but two-thirds of smokers remain smokers until they die.
Existing controls are not working:
- Although smoking rates had been falling for some time, the proportion of Singaporeans aged 18 to 29 who smoke appears to be increasing – from 12% in 2004 to 17% in 2007.
So what can we do to help them? To educate them and be a role model. I do not smoke. For those who are smoking, perhaps you can consider to join IQUIT program by Health Promotion Board Singapore to encourage smokers to quit smoking.
I hope people will come and pledge their support today towards Tobacco-Free Singapore and make a difference in many people’s lives. Visit http://www.tobaccofreesingapore.info/take-action/show-your-support/ for more information on how to pledge your support now! I have pledge my support. Have you?
Visit http://www.tobaccofreesingapore.info/ for more information on the latest updates & join Their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Towards-Tobacco-Free-Singapore/139394729443070?sk=wall.