Paralympian Leads 100km Ride for Tobacco-Free Generation
SINGAPORE, July 20 – 50 riders completed a 100-kilometre cycle in support of a movement to prevent the sale of cigarettes to Singaporeans born after the year 2000.
Despite high cigarette taxes and laws that require cigarettes companies to include warnings on cigarette boxes, the number of young smokers in Singapore is on the rise. The National Health Survey 2010 reported that the prevalence of daily smoking amongst Singaporeans increased from 12.6% in 2007 to 14.3% in 2010.
With prevention efforts losing effectiveness, Towards Tobacco-Free Singapore advocates denying access to tobacco for Singaporeans born after the year 2000.
A research paper proposing a ban on the sales of cigarettes to those born after 2000, by the National Cancer Centre and the National University of Singapore, reported that more than 70 percent of Singaporeans supported the ban. Even amongst smokers, 60 percent supported the ban.
“Smokers know that cigarettes are bad and many of my patients who smoke are supportive of a total band on cigarettes,“ said Dr Ang Seng Bin, participant in Ride for TFG2000.
As a statement that smoking should be de-normalized for our future generations, Dr Janil Puthucheary, Member of Parliament, Pasir-Ris Punggol Group Representative Constituency joined the last 5 kilometres of the ride.
Infographics Update Oct 29, 2013