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The 27th Asian Medical Students' Conference (23-30 July 2006)


Tobacco- its Burden on Health and Society
Tobacco smoking is currently one of the most important causes of preventable deaths in the world, with 5 million people dying of tobacco-related diseases each year. Asia has been some of the the greatest increases in tobacco consumption over the past few decades, and with its huge market, has long been a target of cigarette exorts fro the West. Many studies have shown that a large proportion of household expenditure in low income countries arises from tobacco, leaving these vulnarable families with less to spend for basic necessities such as food, education and health care. Tobacco is a major contibutor to increasing poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition and premature death. Second hand smoke has also been demonstrated to be a direct cause of many respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Our role as internationally aware medical students in Asia should not only be to address this problem that cuts through national boundaries, cultures and societies-- but also to contribute, with action, to the implementation of health promotion initiatives in our communities.The distinct advantage of AMSA is our diversity- bringing discussion and debate, which in turn will inspire and benefit anti-tobacco initiatives in our own countries. 
ACTIVITIES (23/7/06-30/7/06)
Day 1 - welcoming party
Day 2 - opening ceremony, lecture, talk, city tour, opening dinner
Day 3 - paper presentation, booth competition, interview with ex-smoker 
Day 4 - lecture, patient interview and clinical demonstration
Day 5 - lecture, clinical visit, city tour
Day 6 - cultural bazaar, social service
Day 7 - group discussion, closing ceremony, cultural night
Day 8 - post conference tour

Booth competition

Opening ceremony

Cultural night

Paper presentation

We won the overall champion

We won the overall champion

Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,
Lot 1590, Jalan Yaacob Latif,
56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.