By Analou De Vera
Cause-oriented groups urged the youth to avoid smoking and encourage them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
The HealthJustice and Millenials PH groups recently conducted a conference at the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City and discussed the dangers of tobacco consumption.
According to the 2015 Global Youth and Tobacco Survey, 16 percent of 13 to 15-year-old students use tobacco products, while 10.9 percent of these teenagers smoke in schools, said Aunell Ross Angcos, spokesperson of Millennials PH.
“Everywhere we look, from the gigantic posters of cigarettes mounted in sari-sari stores to the promodizers invading public spaces frequented by the youth at night, we see the many ways the tobacco industry circumvents measures instituted precisely to protect the youth from the harms of tobacco,” said Angcos.
“We must empower the youth to protect their right to health especially against all the attempts of the tobacco industry to defeat it,” he added.
Recently, the Department of Health (DOH) said non-communicable diseases linked to smoking are also top causes of deaths and diseases among Filipinos. These are cancer, stroke, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and other heart diseases.
“I would like to reiterate that tobacco use and breathing secondhand smoke may indeed break your heart. You may heard this a million times, smoking is dangerous to your health, but we still want to remind you every time we have a chance,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.