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At the forefront of the fight against smoking

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  • Raffy C. V.
  • 8 years ago

The welcome message of Garcia during the opening program of the 2nd Smoke-Free Cities ASEAN workshop said it is ironic that while advances in medicine and technology have promoted prolonged life, hundreds of millions of people lose their lives to tobacco-related illnesses.

Citing World Health Organization (WHO) survey results on second hand smoke exposure alone, Garcia  said  “second-hand smoke causes hundreds of thousands of death to non-smokers due to the same smoking related diseases “.

Still according to Garcia it is also estimated that tobacco consumption kills 10 Filipinos every hour due to cancer, stroke, lung and heart diseases brought on by cigarette smoking .

He said unless tangible steps are taken by people and government to at least control the proliferation of tobacco use, smoke related deaths will continue.

The Bataan bachelor governor believes that “although the tobacco problem is a huge setback on the health and sanitation program in the local government, still it is not an insurmountable battle. Our campaign and continuing fight against smoking will soon be actualized in the entire province”.

He congratulated the committed and health conscious delegates and described them as great tobacco control warriors, because sooner or later, they can beat the Goliath and create a better environment for the young generation.

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