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19March 2013 Continued on Page 20 Student youth leaders and teachers attending the Tobacco-Free Millennium Generation Youth Summit 2012 to tobacco for those born from 2000. This proposal suggests banning the sale of tobacco to children born from the year 2000, thus creating a whole generation of Singaporeans who will never be trapped by the addiction of tobacco and simply by nipping the problem in the bud hope to prevent them from taking up the habit. The Towards Tobacco-Free Singapore Movement was born out of this very proposal. A group of like-minded individuals - medical students, including me, from different walks of life came together to fi ght a common enemy, and to protect our future generations from the harmful effects of tobacco. Our vision is to create an environment where smoking is denormalized, and slowly but surely, work towards an entire tobacco-free generation. Earlier this year, in conjunction with the week of the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) held in Singapore, we organised a Youth Summit targeted at Primary and Secondary (Middle/High) school students, increasingly vocal and opinionated, we knew that a traditional top down approach would defi nitely not be as effective as getting those actually affected by this proposal to campaign their support to protect their own generation. Initially there were concerns about the ability of these young people in internalising the concept and considering the issues involved; but these concerns were clearly unfounded as during the half-day Youth Summit they very quickly understood the importance of the proposal, and were even able to come up with numerous innovative and creative ways of propagating the Tobacco-Free Millennium Generation Concept to their peers in the limited time allocated to them. This move in getting the Millennium Generation involved, as key stakeholders, in the fi ght against tobacco, is an extremely important milestone in getting the lawmakers to sit up and take notice as the Millennium Generation are directly being affected by this proposal and together, we can counter the critics who talk about infringement of the rights of the people because the proposal is being well received by the targeted audience. The Tobacco Free Millennium Generation proposal was presented at the 15th WCTOH held in Singapore to which a prominent international anti-tobacco advocate and coauthor of the Tobacco Atlas, Dr. Judith MacKay, as well as international delegates all passionate in the fi ght against tobacco were present. The proposal was very well-received and generated considerable interest and discussions amongst the delegates. A group of medical students, including me, shared the proposal with other like-minded passionate youth leaders from various countries at the Youth Pre-Conference held just before the 15th WCTOH. We were heartened by the strong interest shown about its novel approach amongst youth advocates; the exchange of ideas thereafter provided us with a broader view of methods used overseas, and ideas on how it could be adapted and applied to work in Singapore. Since conceptualising this idea, we have heard that places like Tasmania and New Zealand are not just looking at the proposal but considering to share the idea of a Tobacco-Free Millennium Generation, and what they can do to protect their generation. The aim of this Youth Summit was simple to educate, and thus propagate the idea of protection of an entire generation from the harmful effects of tobacco. We found that apart from trying to make this a law, it was also important to educate and involve the present generation and get them to support the idea. With the youth in Singapore becoming Continued from Page 18 TO B A C C O A R TIC LE

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