SCAN Bulletin #132                                                                           March 15, 2023
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Kampot: 1st Smoke-free Tourism City in Cambodia
H.E. Mao Thonin, the governor of Kampot Province received the plaque of recognition for  Kampot City as the 1st Smoke-free Tourism City in Cambodia from SEATCA. Presenting the award was SEATCA's Smoke-free Program Manager Dr Domilyn Villarreiz.
(L-R): Mr Leang Reoun Sothy, Mayor of Kampot City, Dr Domilyn Villarreiz (SEATCA's Smoke-free Program Manager), H.E. Mao Thonin, Governor of Kampot Province, and H.E. Hor Sarun, Secretary of State, Ministry of Tourism
When smoking first became popular we were told it was healthy, it was heavily marketed (including to young people) as being cool, and the time it took for us to learn otherwise was long, and came too late for many. Unfortunately, it seems history is repeating itself with vaping.

Before the invention of machines to make cigarettes, they were hand-rolled – with an experienced roller making around 240 cigarettes an hour. When mechanisation arrived in the late nineteenth century, early machines could make 12,000 per hour. Eventually, they could churn out 1.2 million an hour.
A medical student of mine recently said he loved the smell of vanilla in the house he shared with friends who vaped. “That’s OK, right?” he asked. “Well no,” I said, “If you can smell the vanilla you are probably getting nicotine as well.”

Nicotine is colourless and odourless, and is extremely well absorbed through your respiratory tract, including your nose, mouth, airways and even your ears.

Vapers exhale nicotine and chemicals, including the sweet-smelling flavourings. Bystanders can then breathe them in. The lung defences of smokers, vapers and bystanders are overwhelmed by repeated exposure. READ MORE
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