Doctors to P-Noy: Stop smoking and lead the Philippines in becoming tobacco-free

( Participants of the Tobacco Control Summit 2011 appealed to President Noynoy Aquino to stop smoking and lead the Philippines in becoming tobacco-free, reports ABS-CBN News. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP) and the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) organized the summit.

FCAP board member Bobby del Rosario and World Health Organization technical officer Dr. Rlorante Trinidad said that if P-Noy is struggling over his smoking habit, then he could at least declare that smoking is bad for one’s health and support anti-smoking policies.

During his presidential campaign in 2009, P-Noy announced that he was not ready to give up his vice, and reasoned that his job is highly pressurized that quitting might affect the way he makes decisions.


However, FCAP is still asking the President to enact anti-smoking laws that would rid the public of second-hand smoke. Currently, 17.3 million Filipinos now smoke despite tobacco control regulations. Trinidad explains that this increasing percentage of smokers is common in developing countries where anti-smoking laws are not strictly implemented.

Almost two-thirds of adults and children are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke, according to the report. Tobacco, said Trinindad, kills 87,600 Filipino per year and 240 deaths are recorded everyday. A third of that, he added, comprises men in the most productive age of their lives.

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