Jessica Miller | December 4, 2012
Malaysian Government is considering requiring tobacco companies to print cigarette sticks with the words “Smoking is dangerous to your health.” In another tough action to discourage people from smoking mostly teenagers, cigarette producers may also be prohibited from making claims concerning tobacco grade, quality and flavor of their smokes. These and many other conditions are most likely to be included in the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 when the Government strengthens its enforcement in order to make all public places in the country fully smoke-free. According to a reliable source, the Health Ministry would be looking for public feedback in the coming week on its plan to discourage Malaysians from this hazardous habit.
Jessica Miller | October 31, 2012
Some pupils gasped, while others cringed as they shifted past preserved specimens of human lungs blackened and diseased from smoking tobacco. “Can I not look? I’ll have nightmares,” 12-year-old Koh Ker Shuan of South View Primary School asked her two classmates. Nonetheless, she answered. “The black one (lung specimen) is scary, but I think I understand better the bad effects of smoking now,” the Primary 6 pupil said. The display, on property from the National University of Singapore (NUS), includes an ulcerated stomach and two hearts with clogged arteries, all preserved in glass cases. The specimens are part of a new anti-smoking program started by Alexandra Hospital.
Jessica Miller | September 24, 2012
Swiss inhabitants are going to the polls to vote on a new proposal to prohibit smoking tobacco absolutely in enclosed public areas. Hotels, restaurants and bars are currently permitted to have rooms for smokers but critics declared that this harms the health of those who work in them. Smoking restrictions introduced two years ago were watered down after lobbying from the catering trade and tobacco firms. Opinion polls showed that the Swiss – who smoke more than their neighbours – are likely to refuse the proposal. The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes explained that Switzerland is implementing the issue of passive tobacco smoking far later than its neighbours Germany, Italy and France, which long ago prohibited smoking cigs in public areas.