CHBAR Health Campaign in Tanah Rata

3rd November 2015

Today, smoking is regarded as our nation’s most insidious killer and it is a truth universally acknowledged by smokers and non-smokers alike. However, simply ‘acknowledging’ is not enough as the majority of us often turn a blind eye towards the effects it can so malignantly bring upon. This Is especially true when such a great deal of us are unaware of how dangerous smoking is to our health, whom it affects, at which point is its exposure most severe and what we should do to stop it.

Which is why on the 3rd of November, CHBAR conducted a health campaign for the locals of Tanah Rata at the SK Convent Hall as a means of reducing smoking amongst the people of Tanah Rata. This event was aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and the exposure of secondhand smoke. It was also intended to remind the people that it harms the environment as well. In retrospect, our solicitous approach during the walkabout had truly paid off when an unexpected number of people (about 50) had turned up for the event.

DSC_0123DSC_0132DSC_0125During the health campaign, our REACH volunteer, Shen-Ly assisted by Melody (who did the Mandarin translation), spoke on the health hazards of smoking to smokers themselves, to the people around them and to the environment. The talk included other aspects of smoking like steps to stop, nicotine withdrawal symptoms and how to cope with them and the ways to manage cigarette cravings.

DSC_0142 DSC_0139 DSC_0136DSC_0145Our aim was to encourage smokers to kick the bad habit and non-smokers to continue to live a tobacco-smoke free life.

After the talk, Dr Liau gave a speech relating to the Community Stream Investigation (CSI). His speech mentioned about the quality of the water in Cameron Highlands and the importance of preserving it.

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DSC_0152Other programmes included were health screening by the local Health Department, slide presentations, water testing, anti-smoking booths and free Influenza immunization.

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We hope that this event inspired smokers who attended to resolve to stopping their smoking for the greater good. We also hope that this health campaign had benefited those who came and that they will continue to pass on the knowledge of what they have learned to those whom they love.

“Breathe Healthily, Live Happily.”

Written by Lai Shen-Vey

 

Editor’s Note

REACH  would like to thank the local Health Department and all our volunteers who have assisted in our programmes recently. Without them the programmes would not have been successfully carried out. Great job everyone!