Author - TFG
The Tobacco Free Generation Education Ecosystem includes direct communications with the young at their vulnerable age to share various evidence-based, Tobacco Free Generation concepts for that lasting impression across the cohort. We thank North Vista Primary School, Singapore for inviting us to share, role play and reflect on 19 September 2018
We are greatly appreciative to North Vista Primary School and Sengkang Health for inviting us to share the Tobacco Free Generation notion to 650 eager and well behaved students this morning. Dr Koong demonstrated the withdrawal symptoms of a smoker craving for a cigarette. In showing the students that majority of smokers were unknowingly addicted when they were young, he reminded everyone that the person smoking is NOT the culprit. Instead, we show to the students to display care, love and understanding to their family members who are smokers while encouraging them to stop. Preventing their peers from starting to smoke is also care and love. However cool smokers look as they relish their cigarettes outside shopping malls, stay away. Well done, North Vista Primary, Singapore
We thank the People’s Health Foundation for hosting TFG at the
Asia Sub-Regional Tobacco Control Leadership Program
“Enhancing Tobacco Control Leadership and Policy Implementation”
19 to 25 June, 2016, MingalarThiri Hotel, NayPyi Taw, Myanmar.
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Myanmar and People’s Health Foundation, developed and implemented a one-week regionalTobacco Control Leadership Program suited to the capacity building needs of these countries in the region.
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- We call on governments to unite with civil society to stop tobacco industry interference and accelerate implementation of the WHO FCTC using a whole of government approach.
- We urge governments, scientists, research entities, foundations, and civil society organizations to reject or cease engagement with the Philip Morris International-funded Foundation for a Smokefree World and other initiatives of the tobacco industry
- We adopt the Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-free World
- We call on African governments to operationalize the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development that recommends increasing tobacco taxes as an untapped, sustainable domestic resource mobilization strategy, for accelerating the implementation of the WHO FCTC in Africa
- We call on Parties to actively engage in the development of the WHO FCTC Medium Term Strategic Framework and Plan and to endorse them at the forthcoming eighth session of the Conference of the Parties of the WHO FCTC.
- We support the concept of a tobacco free generation and commit to empowering youth involvement and advocacy as a means to achieving a tobacco free world.
- We call on Finance Ministers to actively support the WCTOH 2018 Declarations by prioritizing sustainable funding for tobacco control and ceasing public and private investment in the tobacco industry.
- We call on governments to extend as a priority, fiscal policies to continually decrease the affordability and accessibility of tobacco products
- We call on the Parties to the WHO FCTC to integrate gender based data collection and reporting into Party reports to the Conference of the Parties on their implementation of the WHO FCTC by COP9.
- We call upon the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to align with the decision of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and end its collaboration with the tobacco industry immediately
- We call upon governments to develop a plan by 2021 for phasing out the sale of tobacco products.
Youth pre-conference delegates unite to build a tobacco free generation
President of the Youth Committee, Inge Kleinhans drew the conference to a close, reading the conference declaration: “We commit to the fight against tobacco and call for the implementation of Tobacco Free generation in our time. For this, we propose a birth year of 2010 beyond which children will no longer be able to purchase cigarettes. We commit to support the global tobacco free generation movement, as well as to the creation of Tobacco Free Africa, a youth driven platform with a mandate to facilitate the Tobacco Free Generation movement throughout Africa.“
Tobacco Free Generation thank Sengkang Primary School for hosting us in another TFG education session on 16 October 2017 to 660 students, aged 10 to 12. In this event, the children learnt about not being a replacement smoker by watching the easily available, internet materials on secrets of the tobacco industry. We also seen a phenomenal role playing by student Sufian, aged 10 when he role-played as a chronic smoking parent. In this un-rehearsed smoking father role, he committed to stop smoking upon hearing that people will stop blaming him for his smoking. Instead, together, the smoker and non-smoker start protecting the future generation from smoking through the TFG ideology.
TFG was invited by Yuan Ching Secondary School to present to their students on 2 August 2017. We shared the rationale and progress of this social movement, with a special emphasis that a core element is not to target smokers who are unfortunately addicted before they are well informed. Compounded by the vulnerable phase of their adolescence where psychosocial maturity lags behind intellectual maturity, they are induced to experiment by ill-intended, social networks, visuals of smokers relishing their cigarettes and insidiously drawn by an extremely addictive chemical.