Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Anti-smoking Campaigns Don't Work

Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam showed his mental deficiency when he said on Monday that anti-smoking campaigns are not working! 

He had mentioned that five million Malaysians are still on the puff (meaning 22.8% of the population aged 15 years and above) and the number of smokeless tobacco users (includes tobacco sniffing, tobacco chewing and e-cigarettes) has seen a big leap over the last four years (meaning it saw an increase from 0.7% in 2011 to 10.9% in 2015). 

The above stats are the findings of the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015 on the smoking habits of Malaysians. 

Please lah, Subra! Tell us something we don’t already know! Of course, anti-smoking campaigns are ineffective! Duh!!

Photo taken at the doorstep of Sunway University (Signage on outside university wall). Used with permission 

I have not come across any scientific evidence that suggests that e-cigarettes and vaping help smokers kick their nicotine addiction. 

As a matter of fact, most “smokers” become "dual users" – both electronic cigarettes and tobacco smoking – therefore, they bring on a double whammy of health risks upon themselves. 

I have also read somewhere that studies from the World Health Organisation and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease showed that using e-cigs could increase the risk of nicotine addiction, especially among teenagers and women.

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