Picture from Health Promotion Board Singapore While we applaud this gentleman on his 21st try, it must have been an arduous journey. His family would have been very pleased. Many more have challenges...
“We did not, in the end, find that this treaty accelerated decline in tobacco consumption.”
“…our methods, which represent – to our knowledge – the most rigorous evaluation of any international law ever conducted. We did not find any of the 3 kinds of effects.”
– Steven Hoffman, 2020
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros recently said “Since it came into force 13 years ago, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control remains one of the world’s most powerful tools for promoting public health,”.
But is it?
That’s what a study just published on bmj.com tried to investigate – one of which pulls together all the data we have on smoking rates, from 1970 to 2015, and then a quasi-experimental study which tries to model what the effect of the FCTC has had.
Steven Hoffman, and Matthieu Poirier from the Global Strategy Lab at York University join us to explain what their research means, and why it’s time to double down on our attempts to reduce smoking.
This has been labelled against TFG in 2016 : “Such a cohort ban would be easy to circumvent, … For example, a person affected by the ban could buy cigarettes overseas, or get an older relative or friend unaffected by the ban to buy cigarettes for them”.
Think beyond : These scenarios exist even with the Minimum Age Law (the affected cohort buying overseas or above 18 buy cigarette for the under 18). They are inappropriate application to negate TFG.
The TFG birth year is chosen based on the cohorts that have NOT started smoking. With our better TFG education modules introduced in their formative years, and exemplified by slightly older role-models, you will have future cohorts well educated enough to be resilient against nicotine addiction.
TFG congratulates the Millenia Kids Programme and partners Sengkang Healthcare, Health Promotion Board and Sports SG for winning an award at the Singapore Healthcare Management 2016 for promoting healthy lifestyle program in the community. This partnership showed that TFG can be structured into the preventive health education of schools and win award as we have done across 2013-2014 at Sengkang, Singapore. Sustainability will come when adult leaders in charge of programmes have the foresight to structure it permanently. From here, we worked with the visionary teachers of Raffles Institution, Singapore to incorporate TFG into the GapSemester programme since 2016.