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Thursday, October 13, 2016


In 2015, the number of smoking Filipino adults reached 17.3 million, making the Philippines as the second largest tobacco consumer in Southeast Asia, next to Indonesia.

The New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) warns that the country will continue to be in top 2 if young Filipinos will not be stopped from smoking.

According to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), more than one in four Filipino children aged 13-15 are smokers. Among those in this age group who smoke, 17.5 percents are girls and 28.3 percent are boys.

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This October, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign the Executive Order (EO) that will prohibit smoking across the country.

The EO replicates the existing ordinance in Davao City implemented since the time of Duterte as a mayor.

Under the EO, all public places will be 100 percent smoke-free. This will include a bus station, vehicles, park whether indoor or outdoor and other public places.

Here are the top 10 benefits of nationwide smoking ban in the Philippines

1. It will reduce risk of secondhand smoke or passive smoking

Secondhand smoke is either exhaled by a smoker or released from the end of burning cigarette while third-hand smoke is the smoke residue and gasses that are left after a cigarette has been smoking.

Cigarettes smoking are the most common sources of secondhand and thirdhand smoke. It is noted that secondhand and thirdhand smoke can cause disease and death to both smokers and non-smokers.

According to at least 250 harmful chemicals have been identified in secondhand smoke, including at least 50 carcinogens, chemicals that are known to cause cancer. Some of these dangerous chemicals include vinyl chloride, cadmium, benzene, arsenic, and ethylene oxide.

Research has shown that nonsmokers who reside with a smoker have an increased risk of developing lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and heart attack.

Coughing, chest congestion and decreased lung function can also occur in those exposed to passive smoke. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke can also develop serious respiratory infections. Passive smoking is believed to cause lung infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis in children younger than 18 months of age each year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that tobacco consumption kills 10 Filipinos every hour, due to cancer, stroke, lung and heart diseases brought on by cigarette smoking.

This diseases and deaths can be prevented if the government will restrict the places where smoking is allowed.

2. It will lessen air pollution

The air pollution emitted by cigarettes is 10 times greater than diesel car exhaust. Environmental tobacco smoke produces fine particulate matter, which is the most dangerous element of air pollution for health.

Places with non-smoking policies and prohibited smoking in restaurants or public indoor places have a better indoor air quality compared to places which allow public smoking.

3. It will improve work productivity

Not all people smoke at the office. If smoking is allowed, non-smokers can still inhale the smoke and it can be bothersome for them to smell the smoke. By this, both smokers and non-smokers employee has the risk of respiratory infection and other diseases. On the other hand, if it is prohibited, employees can be more productive. If employees smoke less, chances are, the risk of getting sick is minimized.

4. It will reduce healthcare costs

According to the Department of Health (DOH), Filipinos need to be more aware of the harms caused by smoking. Tobacco has been identified as the primary risk factor in the Philippines for a range of non-communicable diseases. These lead to massive health care costs and productivity losses for our nation - smoking cost our economy more than Php188 billion pesos.

5. It will decrease the possibility of fires

In the Philippines, careless smoking is the fourth leading cause of the fire. People who smoke, especially in bed, tend to become drowsy or fall asleep and forget to extinguish their cigarette properly. There are also cases of grass and forest fires which started from lit cigarettes. In the other countries, there are explosions at work sites due to smoking.

6. It will reduce wastes

Cigarette butts are non-biodegradable and can clog water systems if thrown recklessly. With banning smoking in public places, there will be lesser cigarette butts and lesser toxic garbage that can be stuck in water systems.

According to EcoWaste Coalition, cigarette butt waste is the most visible toxic garbage that we could find in our surroundings. Smokers litter butts on the streets, storm drains, and even on beaches and parks, or throw them with regular discards for disposal at dumpsites or landfills oblivious of the fact that each butt poses a toxic threat to human and animal health and the environment.

7. It will contribute to lower energy consumption

If smoking is banned in public places such as malls and restaurants, there will be lesser need to use ventilation and this can result in lesser energy consumption and in effect, lesser expense.

8. It will result in cleaner areas where food is prepared and manufactured

With restricting smoking, cleanliness is observed in food preparation in restaurants and in the streets. Moreover, smoking bans in workplaces and pharmaceuticals also contribute to cleaner indoor quality as well as maintaining cleanliness.

9. It will lessen the chance of influencing others to take on the habit

According to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), more than one in four Filipino children aged 13-15 are smokers. Among those in this age group, 17.5 percents are girls and 28.3 percent are boys. There are claims that cigarette smoking is also considered a status symbol and some teenagers can be influenced to smoke just to fit it.

A few years ago, Anti-tobacco advocates were pushing for the ban of smoking cigarettes scenes in movie and television in the Philippines.

This is to avoid the young ones to imitate what they see on TV or in movies since show business in the country is a very influential industry.

Since 2007, advertisements of cigarettes in newspapers, magazines and the like and sponsorship by tobacco companies have been banned as stipulated in Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.

10. It will Improve overall health plus MORE SAVINGS

People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months. Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking, blood circulation improves and give a boost to the immune system and adds more energy.

Quitting leads to better sex because it improves the body's blood flow. Men who stop smoking may also get better erections.

Women may find their orgasms improve and they become aroused more easily. Non-smokers find it easier to get pregnant. Most importantly, it improves the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.

It's also been found that non-smokers are three times more appealing to prospective partners than smokers.

Moreover, quitting this vices can give younger looking skin, whiter and stronger teeth and long life.


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