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‘Smoking is dangerous to your health’, this is the warning in every pack of cigarette displayed and sold in the market. Despite the warning though, many people are still smoking cigarettes especially the youth.
This has prompted the Department of Health (DOH) to gather health workers, legal officers, SP members and information officers of different LGUs of Negros Occidental, to attend the two-day orientation, in order for them to assist in the crafting of a smoke-free ordinance for their localities.
The activity was co-hosted by Bloomberg Initiative and Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines (FCAP) at Hotel Essencia, Dumaguete City on July 16-17 for the first batch while the second batch started July 18 and will culminate today, July 19.
Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang said that the main objective of this orientation is to help push for a ‘smoke-free province ordinance’ and the presence of the city and municipal health officers is a tangible manifestation of their serious intention to help this advocacy of the DOH.
Dr. Ma. Encarnita Limpin said that FCAP is a non-government organization that pursues implementation of various tobacco control measures –one of these is the enforcement of a completely smoke-free environment in all indoor public places.
She added that they don’t recommend the use of E-Cigarette because it contains chemicals that can cause brain damage when consumed in large amount.
During the orientation, Amlan Mayor Bentham de la Cruz, shared the gains of a smoke-free Negros Oriental and how they are able to sustain a smoke-free community.
Also present during the orientation were Dr. Julia Villanueva, Atty Diana Cecilia Trivińo, Josette Navarro, Pastor Bernie Maniego, John Lapascua, Nathanael Manuel, Dr. Jessica Fama, Nelsie Guevara and Marissa Santiago, among others. *CAPITOL NEWS