UNAIR NEWS – Students of Public Health Program of PSDKU UNAIR Banyuwangi qualifies for 12 th APACT (Asian Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health) Youth Camp program on Saturday, September 15. The APACT Youth Camp is a forum for youth from various countries in Asia Pacific to answer the challenges of tobacco epidemic, through 21st APACT in Bali.
The event held several activities such as digital marketing campaign workshops , advocacy, youth mixer dinner as well as the presentation of anti-tobacco campaign ideas and activities. It was Griselda Malindda Eliza Putri who successfully qualified and became a participant in Youth Camp APACT.
“Initially I got the information about the 12 th APACT Youth Camp program from WhatsApp group class. The information was sent by one of the lecturers. After reading it, I am interested. If I don’t try this and challenge myself, then when I’ll get the chance. So, finally I tried it, ” she said to UNAIR NEWS team .
Griselda succeeded in qualifying due to her familiarity on tobacco problems. Her courage to enroll the program was from her experience following one of the smoking control campaigns in campus. UNAIR PSDKU Community Health Program in Banyuwangi held a smoking control campaign entitled Simultaneous Dissemination .
The dissemination activity involved the community to participate in declaring Non Smoking Area (KTR) including signing of KTR petition and the long march which ended at Blambangan Banyuwangi park.
Griselda participated in the selection 12 th APACT Youth Camp program from Wednesday, September 12 to Saturday , September 15 in Parumahan, Meeting Room, Hilton Bali Resort, Nusa Dua.
Her experience in the committee of simultaneous dissemination of regional regulations of Banyuwangi Regent for non-smoking area (KTR) and KTM (limited smoking area) is no less important for Griselda. It is the proof of her contribution in controlling cigarettes.
His success could not be separated from the role of her lecturer, Susy K. Sebayang, SP, M.Sc., Ph.D, one of the FKM UNAIR lecturers in Banyuwangi. Step-by step Griselda finally qualified for 12th APAC Youth Camp.
“While I was there, I got a lot of knowledge including facts about tobacco in Indonesia and worldwide. The cigarette industry lies and the impact of smoking, especially in achieving the 2030 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), “said Griselda.
“The role of youth in smoking control campaigns can be done by exchanging ideas with youth in Asia Pacific about how to solve the cigarette problem, establish connections with great youth from various parts of the world,” added the fifth semester student.
Griselda hoped that she could be able to implement the knowledge she got there especially to implement tobacco control efforts in Banyuwangi, as well as Indonesia. It was an interesting experience and Griselda hoped she could return in the next APACT Youth Camp in Bangkok in 2020. (*)
Author: Siti Mufaidah
Editor: Feri Fenoria Rifa’i