TFG & National Cancer Center Singapore hosts Prof Ruth Malone at the Humphrey Oei Disttinguished Lecture Series. Prof Malone’s talk entitled ‘End Game Strategies in Tobacco Control’ was presented to healthcare workers and public who attended the lecture. This talk resonates well with TFG’s agenda of building a new generation of non-smokers albeit via education and social movement.
Local news paper Lian He Zao Bao prints an article on TFG Youth Summit.
Dr Lam Pin Min, chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health, said that raising the age limit could restrict access to cigarettes. Still, he does not believe it will be effective in cutting down smoking rates in the long term. About 14.3 percent of the population smoke, according to MOH figures.
He feels a more effective strategy will be to work towards a “tobacco free generation”, pointing to a local campaign which hopes to teach children born after the year 2000 to stay away from tobacco. Appropriate legislation to ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2000 will go hand in hand with this strategy.
“This approach will effectively prevent or discourage our next generation from picking up this bad habit of smoking” he said.
TFG organized our 2nd Youth Summit in U-town in May 2013, National University of Singapore. Attended by students and teachers from seven schools, participants spent 2 days attending lectures,workshops and participated in a video making competition. The event was graced by Dr Lam Pin Min,our guest of honor who is also Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health.
“Thank you for not smoking” – TFG inspired article published in Singapore Medical Association’s Oct 2012 Newsletter. SMA is Singapore’s national medical organisation representing the majority of medical practitioners in both the public and private sectors.
Flash Mob @ Vivocity Singapore
TFG organized a flash mob at Vivocity on 24th March 2012. The aim of the Flash Mob was to showcase the energy of our youths and to bring greater public awareness for a tobacco free millennium generation. Around 120 youths from different schools participated in the event.
Youth Summit @ CHIJ Secondary Toa Payoh Singapore,
TFG organized its first Youth Summit on 24 March 2012 for 12 participating primary & secondary school together with medical students from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. The half day event, attended by teachers and students from schools like ACS, SCGS, CHIJ, Greenridge and Henry Park were given a history of tobacco and its spread in the form of a skit, then divided into discussion groups to explore ways in which they can contribute to spread the message. A poster competition was also held. Teachers attending the summit were also briefed on how they can initiate tobacco free programs in their own schools.
Towards Tobacco Free Singapore Movement
TTFS movement featured on local TV .
TTFS movement was featured and team members interviewed on Good Morning Singapore on Channel 8, the premier local Chinese language channel.
TFG in conjunction with The National Cancer Center Singapore (NCCS) hosted the 3rd meeting of the HRTCN on 19 March 2012. Delegates of the Human Rights and Tobacco control Network (HRTCN) were in Singapore to attend the 15th World Conference of Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) being held on 20-24 March 2012 at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre. TFG members briefed HRTCN members on tobacco free generation movement concept and received valuable feedback from the world leaders of tobacco control.
Towards Tobacco Free Singapore Movement
Press Conference @ National Cancer Center Singapore 15th March 2012
A news conference was called to kick off Towards Tobacco Free Singapore Initiative. This initiative is aimed at school going children in Singapore, highlighting to them the dangers of tobacco addiction. Given that tobacco companies are creating products and campaigns to entice the young to take up smoking, this campaign is especially critical and timely.
The primary drivers of this initiative are A/Prof Koong Heng Nung from Dept of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Center ; Prof A.J Berrick of Dept of Mathematics, National University of Singapore and medical students from the 2 medical schools in Singapore, Duke- NUS Medical School and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine NUS.