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Let it be known that the Singapore government is strengthening its initiatives and programmes in controlling tobacco. The government identified that the rate of smoking adults in the country has increased from 12.4% in 2004 to 14.3% in 2010. This increase is alarming. The government is making steps. There was a public consultation on controlling tobacco held last June 1 to June 30, 2013. As presented in the public consultation, MOH (Ministry of Health) thought of many initiatives to strengthen tobacco control. What are the initiatives?

POS Display Bans

Singapore MOH is currently looking through this. POS display ban seeks to shield the public (especially the adults and youths) from tobacco promotions. MOH is comprehending about removing tobacco in plain sight. Shops should not directly put tobacco products in their windows. When someone wants it, they have to go inside and specifically ask the retailers.

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28 Day Countdown

It is understandable that the road to healthy living is a daunting one but if you are serious enough, you will surely get by. HPB (Health Promotion Board) issued a challenge (I Quit 28 Day Countdown). In this 28 day journey, Quit Consultants with the support of the family, the smokers will feel empowered. Studies show that people who endured 28 smoke-free days are likely to quit smoking permanently.

Smoking Cessation

According to the results of the survey made by SNEF (Singapore National Employers Federation) and HPB, hotel employees have high incidence of smoking. With this, the hotel industry will be the starting point for the smoking cessation program.

Aside from the government efforts, the public should also think about healthy living. The government simply wants to encourage perfect living in Singapore by encouraging the public to abandon and stop smoking. Smoking is a preventable COD (Cause of Death) in the world. This means that we can still do something about it. If you want to live long, you should think about stopping.


We all want perfect living but because of things like smoking, we are only decreasing our chances of living long and enjoying life. It is not yet too late to consider healthy living. You should first convince yourself to stop smoking. If you finally convinced yourself to stop smoking, the next thing that you should do is set the date. It is important that you set the date weeks before you actually plan to stop to give yourself time to adjust for the imminent changes. After that, you should get to work right away. Here are some suggestions:

1.       Find distractions

Whenever you think about smoking, you only need to distract yourself. Think of pleasant thoughts or better yet do something to keep your mind away from smoking. You can for instance sleep, read, watch movies, eat out, get out with friends, play, exercise, walk and many things.

2.       Avoid tempting situations

You should learn to say no. Whenever you are trapped in a tempting situation like smelling the smoke or passing by people who are smoking, you should be firm and get away from it as soon as possible. If you can avoid it, do your best to avoid it.

3.       Reward yourself

Rewarding will motivate and inspire you. If you want to keep up the good work, you should think of rewards. It doesn’t have to be expensive or something. For example, if you are smoke-free for one week and counting, you should think of reward but never smoking.



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  • Singapore’s Abundance

    Despite the industrialization, Singapore remained humble and laid back. You will be surprised that there are still nature reserves and parks here. If you want to get away from the city scenes for a while, there are many nature reserves, gardens and parks that you can go to. It will provide you with a new and fresh perspective. You should head to:

    Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve


    If you want to see birds or crabs, you should head to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Neo Tiew Crescent. You are given the chance to catch a glimpse of birds and observe crabs in their normal environment. Aside from the wildlife, the reserve is full of flora and fauna. The reserve also offers facilities for corporate events, meetings, conventions and other recreational activities. For more information about the opening hours, you can visit their website at SBWR.org.sg.

    Labrador Nature Reserve


    If you want to look at the rocky cliffs and view the sea, you should head to Labrador Nature Reserve in Labrador Villa Road. While strolling, you will be amazed to see birds, butterflies, squirrels and the Oriole. If you want a little background when you see the WWII remnants, you can ask for a guided tour. You can begin with the Secret Tunnel. For more information about the opening hours, you can visit their website at NParks.gov.sg.

    If it is not enough, there’s more. You can consider the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Mount Faber and the Southern Ridges. You can also enjoy the MacRitchie Nature Trail and the famous Gardens by the Bay. You will appreciate each place if you are with friends and family. If you prefer to discover these places alone, you are free to do that. The important thing here is you feel new and refreshed at the end of the day.

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  • Preparing for College

    Many high school students are graduating this month, marking the start of the new chapter of their lives as they enter college. While many have chosen the tracks would they like to pursue, others are still uncertain on what to study and where. Here are some tips to help high school graduates in their decision-making.

    Research your options

    Whether on the internet, asking friends or relatives, one must do their research about the schools and programs they would like to enroll for college. Things to be researched are the tuition and miscellaneous fees, the curriculum, the culture and the passing rates of the school’s graduates. The distance and the fare should also be considered too.

    Pursue your passions and interests

    Many students enroll in a popular course only to drop in the middle of their college life due to lack of interest and a feeling of burnout for enrolling in a program that they don’t really like. To prevent this, you should know your abilities, interests and the type of job you want to have in the future. You will perform and feel better if you like the program you enrolled into.

    Discuss your options with your parents

    Your parents will be the one who will be morally and financially supporting you when you enter college, so discuss your college plans with them. Disagreements may arise during the discussion, so it is definitely important to keep calm and have an open mind. Eventually, you and your parents will come up to an agreement about your college plans. Cooperation between you and the parents is necessary to jumpstart your college life on a good ground.

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  • In the past, presbyopia or lao hua was basically treated with close vision using various optical aids such as reading glasses, magnifying lenses and monocles in Singapore and the rest of the world. Patients of presbyopia had a very hard time, and were often found wearing and removing their reading glasses in order to read material written in a small font or objects in close range, and often lost them since their long distance vision was affected if they continued to wear them.

    Later, Benjamin Franklin developed a process which involved the fusion of distance lens with lens used in read glasses which gave birth to the bifocals which have today, and which have also been through some modification resulting in the development of trifocals. These reading glasses were definitely a good omen for patients of presbyopia since they were saved from the hassle of removing and losing their glasses altogether.

    However, the problem with these glasses was that you are only allowed correct vision of objects located a particular distance, and therefore, your vision scope gets limited. Presbyopia patients would have to learn to rotate their eyes downwards in order to enable them to read. Furthermore, all these issues may also result in various other medical conditions which affect your eyes. Fortunately, we have several treatments available for treating presbyopia patients in Singapore at medical clinics, and these treatments can be effectively accessed by residents too.

    You can start by mixing rose water with one part lime juice and keeping them in a bottle, and use this solution as eye drops. While this might not sound like a very good idea, but the fact of the case is that it happens to be one of the most effective natural treatments available for lao hua. Presbyopia is indeed a very common problem in Singapore, and before you can actually go for the treatment, it is necessary that you understand the causes of this condition and why it worsens.

    A natural preventive measure against lao hua with long term positive implications on the health of your eyes is to include a diet which contains more Vitamin A and C in order to ensure that you are able to delay and control the development of cataract and presbyopia into the future. You should include dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, mangoes, papayas and peaches in your diet.
    All of these fruits and vegetables are easily available in Singapore. Dry fruits such as almonds and walnuts happen to be a great way to treat and prevent your eyes from weakening, and you should have them as snacks on a regular basis. Presbyopia happens to be a medical condition which should be taken very seriously, and by making certain healthy changes in your lifestyle, you would be able to prevent the health of your eyes from further deterioration.

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