AWAKE: A Warning about Youth Smoking Habit – WNTD 2020

In commemorating the World No Tobacco Day on May 31st, SCOPH CIMSA FK Unpad held an activity called AWAKE: A Warning about Youth Smoking Habit. From this activity, we would like to raise the knowledge and awareness of young people, including the students in Universitas Padjajaran about smoking habits, especially the danger, side effects, and how to stop the smoking habit.

In this activity, we did a few interventions. On May 31st, 2020, we celebrated World No Tobacco Day by posting a twibbon on our Instagram Story. Meanwhile, on June 2nd, 2020, we gained participants’ interest by playing Bingo and Myth or Fact on Instagram, where the participants showed their common sense about the issue of the smoking habit. On June 12th, 2020, we posted polling on the Instagram account @cimsaunpad. We challenged the participants with a quiz about the concomitant of smoking, the compositions that can cause it, the government regulations in daily tobacco using, and how the smoker has a higher risk infected by COVID-19.  We were happy that the participants showed their enthusiasm, so we gave feedback about the answers by posting an infographic, collaborated with Education Against Tobacco (EAT), that we posted on Instagram account @cimsaunpad on June 13th, 2020.

On June 14th, 2020, we held a Live Instagram Talk Show under the theme “Myths and Facts about Smoking, Its Relation to COVID-19”. This Talk Show was opened for everyone from all backgrounds on Instagram, especially the students from all faculties at the Universitas Padjajaran. The talk show was moderated by our Local Public Health Officer, Nadya Elvina, and the speaker of the Talk Show was a famous public speaker doctor, dr. Tirta Mandira Hudhi.  Seeing from the live comments, the participants were very enthusiastic and curious to know how to step away from the smoking habit.

Besides the Talk Show, we also did a direct intervention method in the ground campaign on June 23rd-25th 2020. We encouraged our families at home to raise their awareness of the danger of smoking and how to stop the smoking habit. We use presentations interactively and the infographic to deliver the message. On June 29th-30th 2020, we collaborated with Yayasan Lentera Anak (YLA) and posted an IGTV Series to serve the massage every time the students would like to access after. At the end of this activity, we hoped that the youth generation knows the danger of smoking and keep away from the smoking habit progressively.