Smoking out the truth about vaping

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Smoking out the truth about vaping 19 AUGUST 2015 @ 12:01 PM TTHE New Sunday Times’ front-page story “Scent of danger” (Aug 16) highlighted the complexity of the issues related to tobacco and drug abuse. The recent comments made by the health minister on e-cigarettes and vaping are, therefore, welcome, although overdue. The use of e-cigarettes among Malaysians, especially the younger generation, became widespread more than year ago when the novelty caught the attention of smokers. Believing that it was “safer”, people used the product, with the absence of restrictions and advice against their sale and use.

The minister is right in pointing out that e-cigarettes are not harmless, despite them allegedly being devoid of tar. This means that, just like conventional cigarettes, there are other toxic substances present, including cancer-inducing agents, in addition to the highly-addictive poison, nicotine. In a nutshell, let’s not be distracted by the use of jargon like vaping, so long as it is a way to cause long-term debilitating effects on people. We have yet to come out convincingly against the use of shisha, attempted many years ago, and now e-cigarettes are rearing their ugly heads.

Some are said to be laced with dangerous drugs. As it stands, the scent of danger will be the next scent of death, adding to the 20,000 Malaysians who die annually from smoking-related diseases. This is, thus, a life-threatening matter. On that note, the ambivalent stance of “yet-to-decide” while gathering input from other authorities or agencies for the next two months add to the disappointment. This is especially when statements regarding e-cigarette use as “haram” were made almost in the same breath. More so when several countries that are known to be progressive in matters of tobacco control and health of their citizens had banned the products long before this.

Such decisions could have been a credible template for Malaysia to avert the “yet-to-decide” excuse. Moreover, it boggles the mind as to what could be expected from the “yet-to-decide” attitude when there is no longer any major dispute about the dangers of using e-cigarettes, as the minister explained, and is supported by health professionals and civil societies, including the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations and Consumers Association of Penang.

In fact, the minister recognised that it is “globally accepted to be a harmful practice”. Add to this the number of deaths related to tobacco use, which continues to rise, the “yet-to-decide” cliché sounds irresponsible, since for every moment delayed, more lives will be lost, which is what the Health Ministry has sworn to minimise, if not prevent. In contrast, the delay tends to send an ambivalent signal to e-cigarette sellers, who are resisting government control. On the contrary, the ministry, armed with grim statistics, should have been at the forefront, taking the lead and asserting its authority in defence of the right to a healthy life for Malaysians.

This is in line with the oft-mentioned slogan “rakyat didahulukan.” What else should it be, when it comes to health matters, where even the ministry advocates “Utamakan Kesihatan”? Even worse, if it is “haram”, what is there to “wait” for? It is incumbent on the Muslim personnel in the ministry to clarify what the “haram” ruling actually entails, to the minister. In short, there is no room for any delay in decision-making if the people’s health is of the utmost concern, and certainly not for two months. Moreover, learning from experience, there seems to be a trend where positions taken by the Health Ministry on tobacco issues were softened, including resulting in delays, based on business and commercial considerations as articulated by vested groups, even at the expense of the wellbeing of the people. That is also why our policies and actions on tobacco control are lagging compared with Thailand and Singapore, for example. All these add to the anxiety of the predicament, signalling to the nation the slogan “Utamakan Kesihatan”, can be compromised as the shisha case demonstrates, in addition to the case in point illustrated below. If the shisha and e-cigarette issues are not confusing enough, add to this the issue of daun ketum, which is about to be legally classified as “dadah berbahaya” (dangerous drugs). While the classification is justifiable and welcome, it is problematic when compared with cigarettes, including e-cigarettes.

Far from being classified as “dangerous” (despite them being so), tobacco is regarded as a legally- tradeable commodity where the government collects millions of revenue on them. The stark fact is that tobacco is more addictive and deadly than ketum. From the comparative numbers of deaths and cases of addiction, there is ample evidence to bear this out. Moreover, while ketum trees grow mostly in the wild and are less accessible because of their height and location, tobacco is grown legally in specially-approved economic zones and protected from being harmed or destroyed. It is then harvested and turned into even more toxic products, like cigarettes, to be sold in the open market, some with special points of sale enhanced by sexy promotional counters. Yet, the minister has gone on record to dismiss the suggestions to farm ketum for economic purposes. As to what scientific basis and technical explanations that necessitate such stark “double standards” really needs explaining. On the contrary, what is obvious is that it makes a mockery of the decisions taken against ketum in favour of the more insidious killer tobacco products, especially cigarettes.

The time, therefore, has come for the ministry to account and rationalise this scientifically and convincingly, so that everyone is well-aware as to how the decisions are arrived at in ensuring the health of the people without compromising the ideals of “Utamakan Kesihatan.” One way or another, this will have implications on the confidence of the people as to how resolved is the ministry to deal with the even more complicated issues of e-cigarettes or e-“shisha” without having to resort to a “yet-to-decide” stance, bearing in mind that we have yet to see a clear impact on control of shisha use, which was mounted many moons ago. Let us not waste any more time as the scent of death is in the air. Dzulkifli A. Razak, Member of the Board of Trustees, National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA)

Simpan Misai Untuk Kempen Kesedaran Kanser Prostat

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KUALA LUMPUR: Bersedia untuk menyimpan misai dan janggut bagi menyokong kempen tiga bulan ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ anjuran Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) bersama kumpulan sukarelawan Rainbow untuk meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap kanser prostat.

Menerusi kempen itu, lelaki digalakkan menyimpan misai atau janggut dari Sept hingga Nov, sebelum dicukur pada penghujung kempen sebagai simbolik kepada pesakit kanser yang kehilangan rambut mereka ketika menjalani rawatan.
Pengasas dan Presiden Makna, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin berkata, kempen mengumpulkan dana itu juga bagi menggalakkan orang ramai berbincang secara terbuka mengenai kanser prostat yang jarang didedahkan berbanding kanser yang lain.

“Ia seperti kempen yang mudah tapi kami berharap mesejnya sampai kepada kaum lelaki mengenai pentingnya pemeriksaan kesihatan berkala serta usaha awal mengesan penyakit ini,” katanya.

Kempen ini dimulakan di Australia pada 1999 bagi meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap isu kesihatan lelaki termasuk kanser prostat, dengan menyimpan misai pada November.
Seorang pesakit kanser, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, berkata pembabitan orang awam dalam kempen ini sangat dihargai kerana penderita kanser sememangnya memerlukan sokongan moral dan kewangan.

“Ketika saya menjalani rawatan dulu, saya kehilangan rambut dan menjadi botak, jadi saya tahu bagaimana perasaan tanpa rambut,” katanya.

Seorang lagi bekas pesakit kanser, May Lui, 41, berkata inisiatif itu harus diadakan secara tahunan bagi mengalakkan masyarakat lebih memahami penyakit tersebut sambil mewujudkan kesedaran mengenai kanser prostat.
Kanser prostat adalah penyakit keempat daripada 10 kanser yang sering berlaku di kalangan lelaki Malaysia.—Bernama

Simpan misai sokong kempen kesedaran kanser prostat.

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Bersedia untuk menyimpan misai dan janggut bagi menyokong kempen tiga bulan ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ anjuran Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) bersama kumpulan sukarelawan Rainbow untuk meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap kanser prostat.
Menerusi kempen itu, lelaki digalakkan menyimpan misai atau janggut dari Sept hingga Nov, sebelum dicukur pada penghujung kempen sebagai simbolik kepada pesakit kanser yang kehilangan rambut mereka ketika menjalani rawatan.

Pengasas dan Presiden Makna, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin berkata, kempen mengumpulkan dana itu juga bagi menggalakkan orang ramai berbincang secara terbuka mengenai kanser prostat yang jarang didedahkan berbanding kanser yang lain.

“Ia seperti kempen yang mudah tapi kami berharap mesejnya sampai kepada kaum lelaki mengenai pentingnya pemeriksaan kesihatan berkala serta usaha awal mengesan penyakit ini,” katanya.

Kempen ini dimulakan di Australia pada 1999 bagi meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap isu kesihatan lelaki termasuk kanser prostat, dengan menyimpan misai pada November.

Seorang pesakit kanser, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, berkata pembabitan orang awam dalam kempen ini sangat dihargai kerana penderita kanser sememangnya memerlukan sokongan moral dan kewangan.

“Ketika saya menjalani rawatan dulu, saya kehilangan rambut dan menjadi botak, jadi saya tahu bagaimana perasaan tanpa rambut,” katanya.

Seorang lagi bekas pesakit kanser, May Lui, 41, berkata inisiatif itu harus diadakan secara tahunan bagi mengalakkan masyarakat lebih memahami penyakit tersebut sambil mewujudkan kesedaran mengenai kanser prostat.

Kanser prostat adalah penyakit keempat daripada 10 kanser yang sering berlaku di kalangan lelaki Malaysia.–Bernama

Grow moustache to support prostate, testicular cancer awareness

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Get ready to grow a moustache or beard to support “Movember – The Ultimate Shave Off” three-month campaign organised by the National Cancer Council (Makna) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group to increase awareness on prostate and testicular cancer.

The campaign premise is to have men grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an “Ultimate Shave off” towards the end of the campaign because growing them is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.
Makna founder and president Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said the fundraising campaign also aims to encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer which are not getting much exposure compared to other types of cancer.

“The tone of the campaign may be light but we hope men out there will get the message on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in preventing prostate and testicular cancer in particular,” he said.

Movember (a combination of “Moustache” and “November”) had its start in Australia in 1999 and has become synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues including prostate and male-related cancers.
To keep the public engaged and continue to participate in the campaign during the campaign duration, the organisers have planned a video contest, selfie challenge and a grand finale at the Great Eastern Mall Jalan Ampang for the closing of the campaign.

Lymphoma cancer survivor, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, said public involvement in the campaign would be highly appreciated since a cancer patient really needed moral and financial support.

“When I was undergoing my treatment, I lost much hair and went bald, so I know how it feels to have that look (hairless)… so I really appreciate this kind of creative campaign to deliver an important message like this,” he told Bernama after the campaign and music video launch in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Meanwhile, another cancer survivor, May Lui, 41, said the campaign should be held yearly in order to encourage better understanding of the diseases and create awareness about prostate and testicular cancer.
Prostate cancer ranks number four in the 10 most frequent cancers for males in Malaysia while the risk of dying from testicular cancer is about 1 in 5,000.

For the past five years, Makna has assisted in over 250 cases of prostate and testicular cancer and the youngest testicular cancer patient they had helped was just a year old. – Bernama

Grow Moustache For Prostate And Testicular Cancer Awareness

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KUALA LUMPUR: Get ready to grow a moustache or beard to support ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ three-month campaign organised by the National Cancer Council (MAKNA) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group to increase awareness on prostate and testicular cancer.

The campaign premise is to have men grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an “Ultimate Shave off” towards the end of the campaign because growing them is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.
MAKNA founder and president, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said the fund-raising campaign also aims to encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer which are not getting much exposure compared to other cancers.

“The tone of the campaign may be light but we hope men out there will get the message on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in preventing prostate and testicular cancer in particular, ” he said.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”) had its start in Australia in 1999 and has come to be synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues including prostate and male-related cancers with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Besides, to keep the public engaged and continue to participate in the campaign during the campaign duration, the organiser has planned a video contest, selfie challenge and a grand finale at the Great Eastern Mall Jalan Ampang for the closing of the campaign.

Lymphoma cancer survivor, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, said public involvement in this kind of campaign is highly appreciated since the cancer sufferer really needs moral and financial support.

“When I was undergoing my treatment, I lost much hair and went bald, so I know how it feels to have that look (hairless) … so I really appreciate this kind of creative campaign to deliver an important message like this,” he told Bernama after the campaign and music video launch here, Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another cancer survivor, May Lui, 41 said this initiative should be held yearly in order to encourage better understanding of the diseases at the same time create awareness about prostate and testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer ranks number four in the 10 most frequent cancers for males in Malaysia while the risk of dying from testicular cancer is about 1 in 5,000.
For the past five years, MAKNA has assisted in over 250 cases of prostate and testicular cancer and the youngest testicular cancer patient they had assisted was just one year old.
- Bernama

Grow moustache for prostate and testicular cancer awareness – MAKNA

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KUALA LUMPUR: Get ready to grow a moustache or beard to support ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ three-month campaign organised by the National Cancer Council (MAKNA) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group to increase awareness on prostate and testicular cancer.

The campaign premise is to have men grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an “Ultimate Shave off” towards the end of the campaign because growing them is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.

MAKNA founder and president, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said the fund-raising campaign also aims to encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer which are not getting much exposure compared to other cancers.

“The tone of the campaign may be light but we hope men out there will get the message on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in preventing prostate and testicular cancer in particular, ” he said.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”) had its start in Australia in 1999 and has come to be synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues including prostate and male-related cancers with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Besides, to keep the public engaged and continue to participate in the campaign during the campaign duration, the organiser has planned a video contest, selfie challenge and a grand finale at the Great Eastern Mall Jalan Ampang for the closing of the campaign.

Lymphoma cancer survivor, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, said public involvement in this kind of campaign is highly appreciated since the cancer sufferer really needs moral and financial support.

“When I was undergoing my treatment, I lost much hair and went bald, so I know how it feels to have that look (hairless) … so I really appreciate this kind of creative campaign to deliver an important message like this,” he told Bernama after the campaign and music video launch here, today.

Meanwhile, another cancer survivor, May Lui, 41 said this initiative should be held yearly in order to encourage better understanding of the diseases at the same time create awareness about prostate and testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer ranks number four in the 10 most frequent cancers for males in Malaysia while the risk of dying from testicular cancer is about 1 in 5,000.

Grow a moustache to increase cancer awareness

Source:Berita Online

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The National Cancer Council comes up with an innovative way to increase prostate and testicular cancer

KUALA LUMPUR: Get ready to grow a moustache or beard to support ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ three-month campaign organised by the National Cancer Council (MAKNA) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group to increase awareness on prostate and testicular cancer.

The campaign premise is to have men grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an “Ultimate Shave off” towards the end of the campaign because growing them is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.

MAKNA founder and president, Mohd Farid Ariffin said the fund-raising campaign also aims to encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer which are not getting much exposure compared to other cancers.

“The tone of the campaign may be light but we hope men out there will get the message on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in preventing prostate and testicular cancer in particular, ” he said.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”) had its start in Australia in 1999 and has come to be synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues including prostate and male-related cancers with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Besides, to keep the public engaged and continue to participate in the campaign during the campaign duration, the organiser has planned a video contest, selfie challenge and a grand finale at the Great Eastern Mall Jalan Ampang for the closing of the campaign.

Lymphoma cancer survivor, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, said public involvement in this kind of campaign is highly appreciated since the cancer sufferer really needs moral and financial support.

“When I was undergoing my treatment, I lost much hair and went bald, so I know how it feels to have that look (hairless) … so I really appreciate this kind of creative campaign to deliver an important message like this,” he told Bernama after the campaign and music video launch here, today.

Meanwhile, another cancer survivor, May Lui, 41 said this initiative should be held yearly in order to encourage better understanding of the diseases at the same time create awareness about prostate and testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer ranks number four in the 10 most frequent cancers for males in Malaysia while the risk of dying from testicular cancer is about 1 in 5,000.

For the past five years, MAKNA has assisted in over 250 cases of prostate and testicular cancer and the youngest testicular cancer patient they had assisted was just one year old.

- Bernama

Simpan Misai Untuk Kempen Kesedaran Kanser Prostat

Source:Bernama Online and Sinar Harian

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KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Ogos (Bernama) — Bersedia untuk menyimpan misai dan janggut bagi menyokong kempen tiga bulan ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ anjuran Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) bersama kumpulan sukarelawan Rainbow untuk meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap kanser prostat.

Menerusi kempen itu, lelaki digalakkan menyimpan misai atau janggut dari Sept hingga Nov, sebelum dicukur pada penghujung kempen sebagai simbolik kepada pesakit kanser yang kehilangan rambut mereka ketika menjalani rawatan.

Pengasas dan Presiden MAKNA, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin berkata, kempen mengumpulkan dana itu juga bagi menggalakkan orang ramai berbincang secara terbuka mengenai kanser prostat yang jarang didedahkan berbanding kanser yang lain.

“Ia seperti kempen yang mudah tapi kami berharap mesejnya sampai kepada kaum lelaki mengenai pentingnya pemeriksaan kesihatan berkala serta usaha awal mengesan penyakit ini,” katanya.

Kempen ini dimulakan di Australia pada 1999 bagi meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap isu kesihatan lelaki termasuk kanser prostat, dengan menyimpan misai pada November.

Seorang pesakit kanser, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, berkata pembabitan orang awam dalam kempen ini sangat dihargai kerana penderita kanser sememangnya memerlukan sokongan moral dan kewangan.

“Ketika saya menjalani rawatan dulu, saya kehilangan rambut dan menjadi botak, jadi saya tahu bagaimana perasaan tanpa rambut,” katanya.

Seorang lagi bekas pesakit kanser, May Lui, 41, berkata inisiatif itu harus diadakan secara tahunan bagi mengalakkan masyarakat lebih memahami penyakit tersebut sambil mewujudkan kesedaran mengenai kanser prostat.

Kanser prostat adalah penyakit keempat daripada 10 kanser yang sering berlaku di kalangan lelaki Malaysia.

–BERNAMA

Grow Moustache For Prostate And Testicular Cancer Awareness

Source:Bernama Online

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KUALA LUMPUR , Aug 18 (Bernama) — Get ready to grow a moustache or beard to support ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ three-month campaign organised by the National Cancer Council (MAKNA) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group to increase awareness on prostate and testicular cancer.

The campaign premise is to have men grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an “Ultimate Shave off” towards the end of the campaign because growing them is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.

MAKNA founder and president, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said the fund-raising campaign also aims to encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer which are not getting much exposure compared to other cancers.

“The tone of the campaign may be light but we hope men out there will get the message on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in preventing prostate and testicular cancer in particular, ” he said.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”) had its start in Australia in 1999 and has come to be synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues including prostate and male-related cancers with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Besides, to keep the public engaged and continue to participate in the campaign during the campaign duration, the organiser has planned a video contest, selfie challenge and a grand finale at the Great Eastern Mall Jalan Ampang for the closing of the campaign.

Lymphoma cancer survivor, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, said public involvement in this kind of campaign is highly appreciated since the cancer sufferer really needs moral and financial support.

“When I was undergoing my treatment, I lost much hair and went bald, so I know how it feels to have that look (hairless) … so I really appreciate this kind of creative campaign to deliver an important message like this,” he told Bernama after the campaign and music video launch here, Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another cancer survivor, May Lui, 41 said this initiative should be held yearly in order to encourage better understanding of the diseases at the same time create awareness about prostate and testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer ranks number four in the 10 most frequent cancers for males in Malaysia while the risk of dying from testicular cancer is about 1 in
5,000.

For the past five years, MAKNA has assisted in over 250 cases of prostate and testicular cancer and the youngest testicular cancer patient they had assisted was just one year old.

–BERNAMA