ECHO (Exchange Cigarettes for Healthier Organs) – World No Tobacco Day 2019

Tobacco is widely used by people around the world, especially people in Indonesia. Tobacco products are products made entirely or partly of leaf tobacco as raw material, which are intended to be smoked, sucked, chewed or snuffed. It contain by materials which are have no benefits moreover can cause diseases including cancer, lung diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. The WHO (World Health Organization) said that tobacco killing more than 7 million people a year, more than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890.000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. In 2017, Dinas Kesehatan Kabupaten Jember said that in Jember 263 productive age people (20-44 years) got Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)  (128 man, 135 woman) and 423 people got Heart Failure (198 man, 225 woman) because of the tobacco. It caused by the lack of awareness how dangerous the tobacco is. From here, SCOPH CIMSA UNEJ held a World No Tobacco Day 2019 campaign project named ECHO (Exchange Cigarettes for Healthier Organs).

Our project was held for four days. The first day on April 18, 2019, we was held a training for members, the second day on April 20, 2019, for the Radiobroadcast, the third day (April 21, 2019) and the last day (April 29, 2019) for Education and Ground Campaign. And we had colaboration with RS Paru Jember, K-Radio Jember, and Social Nursing Corporation (SNC) Nursing Faculty UNEJ.

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, we got pre-project training, the training was held in Lecture Room 2-3 Medical Faculty of Jember University. This training discuss about tobacco, the danger of smoking, and also how to educate the citizen about how dangerous tobacco is. This training is for the member of SCOPH to prepare them for the campaign. Not only that, we did simulation and role-play too. The speaker for this training is Febrina Muchti, A.Md from Health Promotion Department of RS Paru Jember. Furthermore, we also held Communication Skill training by CIMSA-certified trainer.

On the next day we did the radiobroadcast in K Radio Jember. We talked about cigarette (tobacco), the danger of smoking, and tips how to stop smoking. So that the citizen of Jember will increase the awareness of the danger of smoking.

And finally we did Education and Ground Campaign. It was held for two days, first on Sunday, April 21 and the second day on Monday, April 29, 2019. For the first day we did the campaign in Car Free Day Alun-Alun Jember. We came to people there especially smokers, we asked them to complete the pretest and after that we educated them by poster. We told them about the facts about smokers, harmful substances in cigarette, the diseases that caused by smoking, and tips how to stop smoking. Then we asked them to complete the posttest and also asked them to exchange one cigarette for one probiotic drink. We also held a blood pressure test for free in Car Free Day Jember. Smokers who came to our blood pressure check booth will also be educated and offered to exchange one cigarette for one probiotic drink. For the second day we did the same thing, not in Car Free Day Alun-Alun Jember but we came to Faculty of Engineering and Economics and Business Faculty Universitas Jember.

In this project we managed to educate 76 people and exchange 42 cigarettes with probiotic drinks. From this project we hope that the citizen of Jember, Universitas Jember students, and everyone involved in this project can increase their awareness of how dangerous smoking is and for the smokers, we hope they can reduce, or even better, to stop smoking.

Standing Committee on Public Health

Empowering Medical Student
Improving Nation’s Health

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