Children were among millions of Filipinos reported to have been exposed to harmful second-hand smoke that resulted to lung cancer; a disease most common in men and second most common to both sexes.
This prompted the New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) headed by its Pres. and Global Ambassador for the Philippines Emer Rojas to make an appeal to the Aquino administration as well as to the local government units (LGUs) to fully implement stricter tobacco-control measures with an end-in-view of saving more lives.
Health advocates expressed beliefs that there was a need to address secondhand smoking issues which according to reports, have caused 3,000 Filipinos to die of lung cancer every year.
Jam Sebastian, a You Tube sensation, is just one of the many non-smoking Filipinos battling his life against lung cancer.
Diagnosed of stage 4 lung cancer, Sebastian admitted in his previous interviews that he was never hooked into smoking and further disclosed that he may have been stricken by the disease due to exposure from friends who have been smoking.
Alarming data reports showed that out of the estimated 24 million Filipinos exposed to tobacco smoke every day, 66.7% of them inhale secondhand smoke at work and 75.7% got it from no anti-tobacco policy areas.
Apart from this, there were also an estimated 55% of children whose age ranges from 13-15 who inhale harmful tobacco smoke at home while 65% have acquired it in public places.
In line with this, the Department of Health (DOH) earlier noted in its Bulletin that secondhand tobacco smoke which contains more than 7,000 chemicals may lead to cancer, heart disease, difficulties in breathing, and other ailments.
Both passive and active smoking is said to be fatal as they are both exposed to the harms of tobacco smoke.
NVAP Pres. Rojas called on the public to be more vigilant and report violators of RA 9211 in order to protect non-smokers like Sebastian from the deadly effects of smoking.
RA 9211 is an act regulating the packaging, use, sale distribution and advertisements of tobacco products and for other purposes.
Rojas reads, “It’s unfair that other people suffer just because smokers prefer to puff without a care about who gets exposed. This should not happen if only the law is implemented and violators punished.”