New "No To Tobacco" programme to target youths in mainstream school

New "No To Tobacco" programme to target youths in mainstream school
Stubbed-out cigarettes left on a dustbin. The Health Promotion Board (HPB) announced two initiatives on Saturday, which is World No Tobacco Day, to tackle smoking here.

A new "No To Tobacco" education programme will be introduced to all mainstream schools by 2017. It will also improve infrastructure and accessibility for its smoking cessation programmes. By 2020, the number of smoking cessation touchpoints, which includes retail pharmacies and primary healthcare institutes, will increase four-fold from 150 to 600.

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Here is the statement from HPB:

Singapore - Health Promotion Board (HPB) today announced its Tobacco Control Strategy to reduce adult smoking prevalence in Singapore to 12 per cent by 2020.

HPB's Tobacco Control strategy will adopt a two-pronged approach to reduce smoking prevalence in Singapore: (1) preventing initiation amongst youths by bringing programmes upstream to schools and (2) strengthening infrastructure to provide more support and improving accessibility to smoking cessation programmes to encourage smokers to quit. The strategy is a structured approach that complements regulations and anti-smoking restrictions, which are necessary but not sufficient for reducing smoking rates.

Recent findings from the National Health Surveillance Survey (NHSS) 2013 show that the Government's long-term efforts to reduce smoking-related diseases in Singapore have shown some results. The rate of adult smoking prevalence has stabilised at 13.3 per cent in 2013, compared to 13.6 per cent in 2007.

Associate Professor Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for Health said, "Singapore's multi-pronged approach to tobacco control has ensured that smoking prevalence in Singapore is amongst the lowest in the world, at 13.3 per cent. Under the Healthy Living Master Plan, the Tobacco Control Strategy will take our efforts to the next level to further drive down adult smoking prevalence levels by preventing initiation amongst youths and supporting adult smokers to quit for good."

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