Disciplinary teachers attend anti smoking talk

Smoking kills. It doesn’t kill immediately but gradually and with it comes various chronic diseases where its effects gets worse at the later stages.

Smoking is a silent killer, its worse that drugs, its influence reaches to all aspects of society, no one is spared, young, old, rich or poor. Individuals today must be more proactive in combating the effects of tobacco for the good of the whole society.

The deputy principle of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Collage (SOAS), Hj Roslan bin Hj Md Hassan said this during a social issues briefing conducted for disciplinary teachers from all secondary schools in Brunei Darussalam. The briefing was held at SOAS Collage auditorium, where over 300 disciplinary teachers attended.

He said that tobacco companies have used various ways to attract society to smoke more, adverts portraying a luxurious lifestyle, as well as smoking adverts in sports events, indirectly portraying that smoking is good for sports.

He explained that some tobacco companies even added flavours to their cigarettes, such as strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, to appeal to different consumers. At some  point, there are even cigarette shaped candies, which appeals to children, and exposing them to cigarettes at a very young age.

Fortunately he said that there are various parties and individuals who have been proactive in the fight against cigarette smoking, as well as raising awareness on the dangers of cigarette smoking and second hand smoke.

In fact there are various examples of major sporting events which have banned adverts from tobacco company, even though the tobacco companies are one of their biggest advertisers.

“We as teachers also play a vital role in teaching students on the dangers of smoking. Disciplinary teachers must also remember that we are here to help, and to give consol to those students with disciplinary problems, and not just to punish them when they are out of control,” he said.

He said that as disciplinary teachers it is their duty to always point out the mistakes of the students and discipline them so that they will be wary of their mistakes in the future.  In fact those students, who are always in trouble, will always remember the discipline teachers especially when they are older. They would always say that, the disciplinary teacher would always steer me in the right path if I’m ever at fault. It is because of those teachers that I am the person I am today.

Concluding his speech he hopes that all individual present will be active in stopping smoking amongst students as well as the community, and aspire to make Brunei Darussalam a country free of smoke.

Malay Version

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN Selasa 16 Mac – Penularan berbagai penyakit akibat penggunaan rokok. Memang sudah menjadi satu reality dan kenyataan yang amat membimbangkan berbagai peringkat masyarakat yang perihati dengan kesajahteraan masyarakatnya. Penyakit merokok ini diakibatkan oleh keseronokan yang diunjar tanpa batasan dan pertimbangan yang bijak. Penyesalan hanya terjadi apabila nyaa sudah berada di hujung jalan.

Timbalan Pengetua Maktab Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, Cikgu Hj Roslan bin Hj Md Hassan mengatakan demikian semasa taklimat mengani gejala merokok kepada guru-guru disipilin, sekolah-sekolah menegah dan maktab-maktab seluruh negara.

“Kita harus ingat bahawa tugas kita sebagai seorang guru dispilin adalah membantu penutut-penutut supaya mereka sedar dengan teguran yang diberi maka mereka akan menjadi penutut dan juga belia yang berwibawa, yang berjiwa murni, jujur, dedikasi, bermatlamat dan berpikiran panjang dan juga belia yang akan memimpin negara kita dimasa hadapan,” katanya.

Tema kempen anti merokok ‘Adang Tah Bersigup’ memang tepat sebagai salah satu cara untuk menangani masalah merokok yang mana tema tersebut digunapakai bersama dengan berbagai cara pendekatan yang bersesuaian dan tepat dalam menghadapai cabaran-cabaran akibat perluasan aktiviti merokok.

Beliau menghuraikan taktik halus untuk menarik orang ramai untuk merokok seperti menambah perisa seperti perasa oren, strawberry, licac, jasmine dan bermacam-macam lagi, pada rokok. Malah hingga penjualan gula-gula berbentuk rokok untuk menarik kanak-kanak kecil yang berjiwa murni untuk berjinak-jinak dengan rokok di peringkat umbutlagi.

Dan juga mengunakan idola-idola sukan, dan hiburan bagi menarikkan lagi orang ramai pada tabiat merokok.

Beliau mengatakan bahawa usaha seperti itu semamangnya patu diberikan perhatian dan nafas baru supaya dapat menangkis dan menahan serangan bahan perosak dari menambahkan lagi statistic kerosakan orang-organ dan kehilangan jiwa yang kini sudah merapati jiwa paling muda, iaitu janin dalam kandungan.

Pada masa in berbagai pihak yang meneruskan usaha dan perjuangan anti merokok yang patut dikukuhkan lagi tapak dan keutuhannya. Ini menunjukan masih ada lagi masyarakat yang perihatin dan murni untuk sama-sama memikul tanggungjawab itu.

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