Good morning to the respected chairperson, distinguished guests, honorable judges, my fellow compatriots, ladies and gentlemen.

I am indeed very fortunate to be given this opportunity to speak on a topic that is very common yet it is taken lightly which is Smoking – Confessions of a smoker. John is a smoker and has been for the past forty-five years. A smoker is someone who smokes tobacco regularly. What is smoking? Well, smoking is breathing smokes into the mouth or lungs from burning tobacco, such as cigarettes. John started smoking when he was seventeen. He was still schooling but that did not stop him. As a teenager, he was very much influence by television advertisements. In the 1960s, television has just been introduced in Malaysia. Advertisements were not as refined as what they are today. Jingles were ever so popular. Just an enticing were the cigarette advertisements. There were always these cool cowboys smoking unfiltered cigarettes. John too followed suit because he thought by doing so it would make him tough like them. He has since learnt otherwise. All his extra cash was spent on cigarette which he smoked in toilets, or the many nooks and corners and secret hideaway that his school had. Forty years ago, parents frowned on smoking because only the “bad hats” smoked. Now cigarettes are banned in Malaysia. Anti-smoking campaigns are the rage. Most offices ban smoking. Smoking was banned during cabinet meeting when Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad was the Prime Minister. He hated smoking and the smell of cigarettes. Do you ever walked out of a smoke-filled room feeling suffocated when you didn’t even touch a cigarette? Even though you are not a smoker, sharing the same air space with smokers turns you into one - a passive smoker. At this late stage in life, John wishes that he had been more aware of the dangers of smoking when he was young. After many unsuccessful attempts to stop smoking, he began to wish that all these campaigns were carried out when he was a kid. Perhaps he would not have tobacco stained fingers, tarred lungs, bad breath and cancer. A CT scan last year revealed that John had a tiny cancerous nodule on his left lung which had since been removed. The survivor rate of people with lung cancer is only 15% as many smokers are diagnosed too late. Only 16% of lung cancers are found at a curable stage and the

******************** First Copy “ not acceptable ”******************** . John is surprised that studies show more people especially the young and females are now picking up that nasty habit. heart disease. Women who smoke during pregnancy put their babies at risk. Although advertisements on cigarettes have been banned. Do young smokers know what they are getting into? Is it worth shortening your life five minutes for every cigarette you smoke? Is it worth the bad breath. gum disease. Smoking can cause lung disease. Despite all the campaigns. John says that he personally could have bought a luxury car or house with the money he spent on cigarettes. Anti-smoking experts say that there is a direct link between on-screen smoking and the onset smoking in teenagers.3 millions smokers. Thank you. I hope that one day we might meet again. Lung cancer accounts for 20% of all cancer deaths. Anti-smoking groups say that seeing stars smoking off-screen will have the same effects. The culprit is still the media. Is it all worth it? Thank you for listening. tooth decay and even bad breath. Ninety per cent of lung cancer is caused by smoking or inhaling second hand smokes.disease is fatal in more than 90% of cases in general. tobacco stained fingers and tarred lungs? You might become one of the 90% of smokers who get lung cancer which is caused by smoking. Actors and actresses smoke in movies and they have quite an impact on young people. television and newspapers are still the main sources of influence among the young and impressionable. Ladies and gentlemen. cooperation and attention. Malaysia has 2. cancer.

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Anti-smoking groups say that seeing stars smoking off-screen will have the same effects. tobacco stained fingers and tarred lungs? You might become one of the 90% of smokers who get lung cancer which is caused by smoking. Actors and actresses smoke in movies and they have quite an impact on young people. Ninety per cent of lung cancer is caused by smoking or inhaling second hand smokes. John says that he personally could have bought a luxury car or house with the money he spent on cigarettes. A CT scan last year revealed that John had a tiny cancerous nodule on his left lung which had since been removed. Anti-smoking experts say that there is a direct link between on-screen smoking and the onset smoking in teenagers. Despite all the campaigns. The survivor rate of people with lung cancer is only 15% as many smokers are diagnosed too late. Malaysia has 2. Is it all worth it ? Do you think smoking is good ? You decide . Thank you. Do young smokers know what they are getting into? Is it worth shortening your life five minutes for every cigarette you smoke? Is it worth the bad breath. .moment he said “ Hi “ . Lung cancer accounts for 20% of all cancer deaths. The culprit is still the media. television and newspapers are still the main sources of influence among the young and naïve .3 millions smokers. Although advertisements on cigarettes have been banned. John is surprised that studies show more people especially the young and females are now picking up that nasty habit. Ladies and gentlemen. Only 16% of lung cancers are found at a curable stage and the disease is fatal in more than 90% of cases in general.