Knowing more about Tobacco Harm Reduction

Monday, November 22, 2021 0 Comments A+ a-

In general, I have few smokers friends and even my family members who used to smoke at home quite frequently when I was a little girl. I still recall it and myself can't tolerate with the smoke and smell. The surroundings is polluted. Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause coronary heart disease and lung cancer in non-smokers, and increase the risk of: Respiratory diseases (such as asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia).

Tobacco is harmful and dangerous.
When tobacco is burned, it creates over 7,000 dangerous new chemicals, and just one puff could also release more than 70 cancer-causing chemicals! And as these puffs are released to the surroundings, they bring with them a long list of chronic smoking-related diseases such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), heart diseases, stroke and many more – harming not only the smokers, but also anyone that passes by and shares the same polluted air!

We do understand it is not easy to get rid of being a smokers in short period but we can get to know more on how  Tobacco Harm Reduction and some alternatives to reduce the risk for those smokers who unwilling to quit.

Let me share with you some interesting facts on Tobacco Harm Reduction

What is Harm Reduction?

The guiding principle of Harm Reduction believes in opening up avenues to alternatives that can help prevent or eradicate harm-inducing habits or activities that are essentials in order to build a better and healthier Malaysia.

What is Tobacco Harm Reduction?

Tobacco harm reduction (THR) believes that reducing the levels of harm from tobacco use among smokers is the priority because eliminating exposure to nicotine is not always achievable. Thus, the main objective of THR is to help smokers switch to less harmful alternatives.

These are the suggested options for risk reducing alternatives to help smokers:-


Examples: Vape, vape pens, e-hookah, e-pipe, e-cigars and many more. 

What is it: A battery-operated device that does not contain tobacco. Instead, it works by heating an e-liquid to emit a vaporized solution upon inhalation to simulate tobacco smoking (but with relatively less harmful vapor!). The e-liquid typically contains a mixture of chemicals, artificial flavourings, and nicotine. However, options for non-nicotine e-cigarettes are also available.

2. Heated Tobacco Products (HTPs)

Examples: IQOS, Ploom TECH, PAX, Glo and many more. 

What is it: HTPs are devices that employ battery-powered heating systems to heat tobacco to produce nicotine. Unlike cigarettes, HTPs do not burn tobacco, but as its name implies, heats it before allowing it to reach its combustion point.

3. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Examples: Nicotine infused products such as gum, patches, lozenges, inhalers and more. 

What is it: A commonly used, medically approved method that administers nicotine to a user without the harmful chemicals found in tobacco. NRT comes in many sizes, shapes, and forms, designed to help those who quit smoking - especially those who suffer from severe nicotine withdrawal symptoms. NRTs are widely available at pharmacies. 

4. Smokeless Tobacco

Examples: Snus, snuff tobacco or chewing tobacco.

What is it: Smokeless tobacco supplies nicotine without the combustion of tobacco and is administered either orally or nasally. As it does not involve the combustion of tobacco, therefore presenting no risks without smoke inhalation, smokeless tobacco is generally considered less harmful than smoking cigarettes - albeit, addictive.

In a nutshell, Tobacco smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For smokers who want to quit, nicotine replacement therapy and bupropion are frequently recommended. 

Why you should Quit smoking? Improves health status and enhances quality of life, reduces the risk for many adverse health effects, including poor reproductive health outcomes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cancer.

While quitting earlier in life yields greater health benefits, quitting smoking is beneficial to health at any age. Even people who have smoked for many years or have smoked heavily will benefit from quitting.

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Sunday, November 21, 2021 0 Comments A+ a-


The wolf is now back at HeroMarket, Bandar Puteri Puchong until 28 November 2021. Since its previous Book Sale, Big Bad Wolf Books has taken a major step in returning for its third on-ground event of the year after a hiatus due to the pandemic. Serving rows after rows of titles at amazing prices, the aim of the Book Sale of this scale and nature is to make good books available at affordable prices and to contribute towards increasing readership, raising awareness on the benefits of books and inculcating the need to improve English proficiency amongst children and young adults. 

Customers now have an opportunity to wander through a variety of selections, pick up a good read and enjoy discounts up to 95% of recommended of retail prices. This Book Sale brings together over 150,000 titles from various genres such as novels, non-fiction and fiction, coffee table books, cookbooks, children’s books for children of all ages which are perfect for new parents, teachers and just about anyone who loves reading or wants to start reading. So, head on to HeroMarket anytime between 10am to 10pm at Bandar Puteri Puchong and grab a book or two for your friends and family as the holiday season is about to begin.

For the customers’ and staff safety and hygiene, preventive safety SOPs measures, and precautions enforced by the Government of Malaysia will be adhered to at all times. Customers’ entering the Book Sale will be constantly monitored to ensure that they wear a mask and maintain a safe distance from one another while shopping.

Sales Period: 15 – 28 November 2021

Time: 10am – 10pm

Venue: HeroMarket, Level 1, Bandar Puteri Puchong

For more information, please visit: Big Bad Wolf Books or if you can’t visit and want to shop from the comfort of your home, just head on to our Shopee store.


Shopee Store:




Hashtag: #BigBadWolfBooks #BBWShopee

Strong shopping activity on Shopee 11.11 Big Sale as Malaysia’s economy reopens

Friday, November 19, 2021 0 Comments A+ a-

The reopening of the economic sector has not slowed down e-commerce demand. In fact, Shopee has wrapped up its most successful 11.11 Big Sale, with more Malaysians able to enjoy exclusive deals, bigger savings, and the widest variety on the platform.

On 11 November, Shopee users in Malaysia continued to stock up on groceries such as Milo, cereal, instant noodles and fresh fruits and vegetables. More than 1.8 million home improvement and decoration products were also sold on Shopee. 

With Malaysians resuming their out-of-home activities, health and personal care supplies on Shopee such as face masks continue to be one of the top products purchased. The product recorded a sellout of more than 13 million pieces whereas Covid-19 test kits saw close to 30,000 units sold on 11 November as Malaysians are reminded of their responsibilities and the Government’s call to ensure their safety as well as others around them. 

Shopee saw the same robust support for 11.11 Big Sale across the region. Over 2 billion items were bought throughout the festival period, smashing Shopee’s previous record set in 2020. Excitement peaked on 11 November, with visits spiking 5.5 times in the first two hours compared to an average day.

Shopee’s year-end shopping festivals continued to bridge millions of Malaysians with brands and sellers. As such, offline merchants also enjoyed the surge in online-first customers to their outlets when users collectively claimed over 5 million in ShopeePay Vouchers through ‘Deals Near Me’ across the 11.11 Big Sale shopping festival period. 

Entertainment continues to be a core part of the online shopping experience. Throughout the 11.11 Big Sale, Malaysians also spent more time connecting to sellers and watching their favourite celebrities on live streams, with a total of 4.8 million hours spent watching on Shopee Live. More than 41 million Golden Tickets were also given out as users played Tap & Win A Condo and Spin & Win for a chance to win a condominium unit worth over RM500,000 at SkyMeridien Residences @ Sentul East, and a BMW 218i Grand CoupĂ© M Sport, respectively.  

Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer at Shopee said, “It brings us great joy to see the impact of our efforts on shoppers, businesses and the local community. The digital economy and e-commerce continue to present many opportunities for growth. We want to enable more people to benefit from this growth by increasing e-commerce adoption and helping more consumers and businesses come online and connecting them with one another.” 

11.11 Big Sale has encouraged more people to access and enjoy the benefits of online shopping, particularly those outside major cities where digital awareness has been relatively lower. Across the region, a 5 times increase  was noted in the number of shoppers from rural and smaller towns, whilst ShopeePay transactions outside the big cities grew 9 times from an average day as users pay for their Shopee orders seamlessly.

For businesses in the region, the 11.11 Big Sale was a springboard for growth and recovery. Local sellers benefitted from the spike in shopping activity, with those joining 11.11 for the first time saw their orders on 11 November soared 18 times compared to an average day.

Anlene to educate Malaysians on bone care in conjunction with World Osteoporosis Day

Thursday, November 04, 2021 0 Comments A+ a-

In a recent survey conducted among Malaysians aged 40 to 59 years, it was found that 95% of respondents are concerned about their bone health and how it may affect their strength and mobility when they are older. The top three contributing factors they cited for their concerns are lack of exercise, insufficient exposure to sunlight (for production of vitamin D in the body to aid calcium absorption), and avoiding dairy products (which are daily sources of calcium) in their diet. 

Findings from the survey also indicated, while middle-aged Malaysians understand the importance of having strong bones, 42% say their current focus is to protect themselves from getting COVID-19; and 33% say they are already doing their best for their health including bone health. 

The survey was initiated by Anlene, Malaysia’s No. 1 Adult Milk Powder* and an advocate of strong bones, joints and muscles through good nutrition coupled with an active lifestyle. It was conducted blindly earlier in August among 320 middle-aged respondents to gain insights into their awareness of and viewpoint towards bone care and health in general.

“From their responses, we found there are still gaps in their understanding of bone health, especially when it comes to areas of bone care and whether they are doing enough to support their bones, which work together with joints and muscles to help us move and live our daily lives,” said Puan Megawati Suzari, Director of New Product Development, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs at Fonterra Brands Malaysia.

To help Malaysians understand bone health better and to encourage them to pay more attention to care for their bones, Anlene is launching an educational campaign in conjunction with World Osteoporosis Day 2021, which falls on 20 October annually. The campaign will highlight how our bones may start to deteriorate after they reach peak bone mass at about the age of 30, which makes it necessary for everyone to make lifestyle interventions to help slow down this process, so our bones can continue to support an active lifestyle with good mobility into the silver years.

Megawati advised: “Malaysian adults can take care of their bone health by doing regular exercises to help build muscles and maintain strong bones; and eating a balanced diet that contains important nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin D and protein. Maintaining body weight within a normal range of body mass index is also important, as being underweight (Body Mass Index of less than 19kg/m2) may affect our bones. Interestingly, Anlene’s survey also found that 30% of the respondents do not know how much calcium and vitamin D to take daily; and only 30% of the respondents drink milk every day. To this, Megawati further explained: “Adults are advised to consume 1000 – 1200mg of calcium and 15 – 20mcg of vitamin D in a day, as part of their daily bone care routine. However, many are not aware that, in a typical diet that is lacking in calcium rich foods, it may be difficult for us to meet our daily calcium needs. For example, we may need to consume 200 – 240 bowls of cooked rice to get all the daily calcium we need.

Hence, identifying and consuming calcium rich food sources are important part of a balanced diet. In fact, calcium can be found in food sources such as milk, leafy green vegetables, anchovies, soy products or other calcium fortified products. While vitamin D can be found in fatty fish (e.g. salmon, sardine), egg yolk and vitamin D fortified products including milk.” She added: “As such, we encourage all adults to make smart food choices and consume a balanced diet which consist of milk. Milk products that contains key nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D and protein can help to meet their daily nutritional needs”. For example, each glass of Anlene™ milk comes with key nutrients that are important to support adults’ daily nutritional needs. The ACTIFIT 3X™ range comes with high calcium, high protein, collagen, and vitamins B2, B6, B12, C, D, and E. While Anlene™ GOLD 5X™ is scientifically formulated for adults aged 45 years and above, with key nutrients as above, plus MFGM Active™, that provides milk fat globule membrane. It also has no added sugars.
Recent study shows that participants who consumed 2 glasses of milk added with MFGM (Milk Fat Globule Membrane) and important nutrients plus regular exercises everyday, had 2 times the improvement in flexibility, 3 times the improvement in balance and 40% more improvement in muscle mass compared to control.

Speaking in a TV talk show as part of Anlene’s World Osteoporosis Day campaign, Associate Professor Dr Nor Faissal Yasin, Consultant

Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Malaya Medical Centre and UM Specialist Centre, advised Malaysian adults to look at risks of developing bone related diseases, such as osteoporosis which may affect nearly 1 in 4 Malaysian adults (mostly women) aged 50 years and above. “Osteoporosis is a silent disease which is often diagnosed when a fragility fracture occurs, commonly in the wrist, hip or back bones. Its risk factors include a diet low in calcium and vitamin D, lack of physical activity, underweight, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, advanced age, as well as family history,” said Dr Nor Faissal. “Middle-aged adults should take bone care seriously. Prevention of getting osteoporosis is a lifelong journey, which can be started by adopting good lifestyle habits including good dietary practices and stay physically active by moving more throughout the day. Besides, Malaysians 60 years and above are also recommended to consult a healthcare professional to assess their bone health annually,” he advised.

As strong bones are one of the foundations to support mobility, find out what is your Move Age by assessing your posture, strength, flexibility and balance with the Anlene Move Check online quiz .


Thursday, November 04, 2021 0 Comments A+ a-

Showcasing over 60 brands with over 7000 products 
on offer that represents the latest global beauty trends 

True to its reputation as a beauty destination Guardian Malaysia will once again host the Beauty Around The World (BATW) extravaganza, featuring the latest trends from over 60  of the most popular  brands from around the world including Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, USA, Germany, France, Taiwan and many more.  

Over 7,000 products will be on offer during this campaign demonstrating Guardian’s commitment to giving their customers the latest beauty brands featuring the latest beauty trends in terms of ingredients and technology at the best value for customers. 

This year’s month-long campaign which will run from now until 23 November will focus on the following  themes: 
East Meets West
o Natural everyday Japanese makeup
o Korean dewy glow
o Edgy bold western look
Embracing Beauty and Serenity
o Why you need proper care to nourish your well being
Mind, Body & Soul
o Get the best products for your oral, hair and body to up your hygiene game
All your Fitness needs
o Other than exercising regularly, taking vitamins and supplements can help enhance your well-being.  Discover the booster you need for an active lifestyle

Angela Teo, Head of Marketing, Guardian Malaysia and Brunei said:
“We value our customers’ trust to ensure that we bring the best global brands and products to them at great value, so we researched and studied consumer and beauty trends that are happening worldwide to bring in those brands that are making the most impact. 

For example, we have brands from Germany that presents the latest in skincare technology to prevent pre-mature skin ageing, brands from USA that provides the ultimate home hair care solution, the latest from France on skincare with Vitamin C – a top trend now, the latest in Face Mask technology from Korea’s number one face mask brand and many, many more.”

“Additionally, on 10th November 2021 @ 8pm, a Guardian Live Market will be held where there are exciting prizes worth more than RM5800 to be won including THREE Grand Prizes of an OGAWA Snazzy Touch Rechargeable Hand Held Massager worth RM440 each.  And on 13 November 2021, we will organise a ‘Beauty Fest Around The World’  that will be streamed LIVE on Guardian Facebook from 2.00pm onwards. Our customers can join a select group of beauty and industry experts to learn about the latest trends, beauty tutorials and get tips and beauty hacks with segments involving makeup tutorials, skin care regimes and DIY hair care,” added Angela. 

Apart from the wide range of brands and products on offer, there will be discounts of up to 50% during this period on a selection of top beauty brands, including the best of natural beauty products and newly arrived brands including several home-grown Malaysian brands and many, many other promotions. 

Other highlights of the Guardian Beauty Around The World are;
New and exclusive Kundal shampoo with cute and trendy BT21 pouches FREE with the shampoo
New Nivea Vitamin Nutrients and Skin Foods range and a Buy & Win contest with two Grand Prizes of a branded hair dryer worth RM1899.00
Go Green by grabbing our Guardian eco-friendly Bag for only RM1. 
The Guardian x MyDebit Shop Wave & Win contest with prizes worth RM520,000 to be won including a Grand Prize of an OGAWA Smart Jazz Urban Massage Chair and 15 Gold Plates worth RM10,000 each.

“We believe our customers will not miss this great opportunity to buy and even stock up on   the latest beauty products and daily essentials. This is   an opportunity NOT TO BE MISSED.  Moreover, Guardian always gives the best quality at the best prices for the best value,” Angela concluded. 

For more information on your favourite products at amazing discounts during this Beauty Around The World Sale, please visit and #guardianmy.