Shot in the arm for anti-smoking drive

Knowledge and fun: Children having fun while getting a good learning experience during the Petrosains festival at KLCC in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government’s aim to curb cigarette smoking might just have received a shot in the arm, thanks to the Petrosains Science Festival 2014.

The forum “Cigarette – The Ticking Bomb”, designed to nip smoking in the bud, particularly among youths, had mostly children attending.

Kids were taught the harmful effects of the “cancer stick” and its social impact.

“Every six seconds, one person around the world dies because of smoking. I learnt that seven million chemicals in cigarettes are bad for the throat, lungs and heart,” said Ina Sarah, nine, who added that she was going to advise her uncle to stop smoking.

The sixth day saw the festival’s Esplanade area at KLCC Park attracting visitors by the droves, with numerous higher institutes of learning exhibiting their wares.

The advent of smart tools, like iPads and tablets, may have relegated the printed book to second class citizen status in many households with growing children, but Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) has come up with an intelligent way of merging technology with tradition.

Learning Numbers with the Thirsty Crow uses augmented reality technology to allow 3D images to appear on Android smart devices when it is hovered over the pages in the book, which was written and designed by Dr Dayang Rohaya, associate professor at the Department of Computer Information Science at UTP.

Exhibition space for the festival, which ends today, includes the Galleria areas of Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, Suria KLCC and extends to the Esplanade, KLCC Park till today.

Festival hours for forums and workshops at Petrosains, The Discovery Centre are from 10am to 5pm while activities at the Esplanade are between 12pm and 9pm. For more information, log on to

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