The CHSO presented the localized global celebration theme of “Don’t Let Tobacco Take Your Breath Away” which focuses on encouraging people to prioritize their health and quit tobacco use.
The “Pitong Diskarte para Makamove - on sa Yosi Break – up” are seven tips on how people can make it easier to quit the smoking or tobacco use habit. These are “Delay” or slowly bringing in longer gaps between smoking; “Distract” – focusing attention on other things; “Do Something Else” – find better hobbies to do; “Drink Water” – to wash out nicotine from the body; “Deep Breathing” – to ease the stress; “Discuss Your Feeling”- to open one’s heart and mind on quitting smoking; and “DOH – Quitline” or get the health sector’s smoking cessation support.
There were also lectures on the impact of smoking globally and locally.
Dr. Nelson Hora also shared that the 2019 GATS (Global Adult Tobacco Survey) – Baguio that the Saint Louis University School of Medicine conducted showed that smoking prevalence rate in the city is still at 17.6 percent with prevalence among male is 30% and 7.3% among female. The survey was conducted with 1,949 respondents aged 15 years old and above.
The city government, in partnership with the Smoke – Free Baguio Movement, has been strengthening the campaign against smoking or tobacco use. There is already a comprehensive ordinance that prohibits the use, sale distribution and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products in public utility vehicles, government-owned vehicles (mobile and stationary), accommodation and entertainment establishments, enclosed public places or any enclosed areas outside one’s private residence or private place of work except in duly designated smoking areas, City HSO Medical Officer IV Dr. Catherine Posadas said .
She reiterated the health department’s call for a stronger public support to attain 100 percent Smoke – free Baguio, especially in the campaign to encourage smokers to break the habit and quit smoking.
The World Health Organization and global partners celebrate “World No Tobacco Day” every May 31 to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second – hand smoke exposure, as well as to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. (JDP/CCD - PIA CAR with Lucky Lopez - UC Intern)