The Straits Times
Published on Oct 29, 2012

Students view real diseased lungs as part of anti-smoking campaign


SOME students gasped, while others cringed as they shuffled past exhibits of real-life human lungs blackened and diseased from smoking.

The cadaver display at South View Primary school is part of a new anti-smoking programme piloted by Alexandra Hospital this morning to drive home the ills of smoking from a young age.

Existing anti-smoking programmes, done through talks and static exhibitions, have failed to curb the number of smokers, "so there must be something more aggresive to reach out to the kids", said Dr Soh Poh Choong, pricipal reisdent physician at Alexandra Hospital, who is also spearheading this programme. "It's not really to shock them, but to present them with the truth," she said.

It is believed that this is the first time that such cadavers are shown to youths as part of an anti-smoking campaign.