The government aims to reduce its smoking rate to below 10 percent by 2020, Amrin Amin, a senior parliamentary state secretary at the Ministry of Health, said yesterday.
The rate was 18.3 percent in 1992 and dropped to 12 percent in 2004. Since then it fluctuated at 12 to 14 percent. Last year, it was still at its lowest level at 12 percent.
The 2020 target has been set at 10 percent for 2012, but at 12 percent in 2014. At a World No Tobacco Day meeting, Mr Amrin described the 10 percent target as "ambitious" and acknowledged that it was is a "certain time".
But he was confident that some steps have been taken recently (1
He cited measures such as raising the statutory minimum age for gradual smoking from the current 18 years to 21 in 2021 and expanding the list of smoke-free places
A new social media campaign to educate youth about the harmful effects of Tobacco Consumption and Healthier Alternatives Smoking, such as training and taking on a new hobby, will be covered by the Health Health Board (HPB) in the second half of this year, he said.
About 80 students visited the Cigarette Testing Laboratory of the Health Sciences Authority yesterday to learn about the harmful chemicals in cigarettes.
Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, of which at least 400 are toxic to humans. The laboratory has found that a cigarette sold here is two to seven times as toxic as the limits of other dangerous substances.
Non-smokers are not spared, with at least 60 cancer-causing chemicals identified in secondhand smoke. The World Health Organization has reported
The student, Ms. Ang, 19, said yesterday's visit made her think twice about smoking. She has tried to quit several times since she adopted the habit last year, but found it hard to do so. "The Internet says smoking is harmful, but it does not matter how many toxic chemicals are contained in cigarettes," she said.
Smoking is the second highest contributor to the Singapore disease kills an estimated 2,073 people in 2016. It causes heart attacks, stroke, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Smoking costs Singapore at least $ 600 million a year in direct health care costs and lost productivity.
Last year, over 70,000 young people were hired by HPB's prevention and cessation efforts, which include the student health advisors and QuitLine, Amrin said.
A study by the Singapore Cancer Society earlier this year found that many young people began smoking before they reached their age of 18.
1000 adults between the ages of 18 and 24 were interviewed, and more than half of them were interviewed 534 smokers and ex-smokers in the group took their first move between the ages of 15 and 17 years.
In the same group of smokers and ex-smokers, 40 percent started earlier, between the ages of 12 and 14 years.
More than 60 percent of the 207 ex-smokers in the survey gave up the habit for health awareness on anti-smoking campaigns
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