29 Jan '12, 11pm

Smoking out tobacco control and foreign student scholarships

Smoking out tobacco control and foreign student scholarships

I am pleased to share more recent findings which show that our National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) driven by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) has resulted in 14,000 fewer cases of lung cancer and 4,700 fewer cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease between 1986 and 2006. However, smoking prevalence has recently been on a rising trend from a low of 12.6% in 2004 to 13.6% in 2007 and 14.3 % in 2010, driven by significant increases in smoking among younger Chinese and Malay men aged 18 to 39. In response, my Ministry has been actively stepping up the NTCP. In 2011, $14.6 million was allocated to HPB to enhance its targeted, multi-pronged strategies in both tobacco prevention and cessation, compared to $10 million in 2010 and $7.3 million in 2009. As mentioned earlier, we have put into place various strategies to prevent our youth from picking up smoking. We have a...

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I retired from NTUC Income on 28 February 2007, after heading this cooperative for 30 years. I now run a consultancy compa...