OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, -- The city government of Ozamiz observed World No Tobacco Day, an annual campaign that raises awareness about the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and discourages the use of tobacco in any form.
Government offices advocating anti-smoking habits joined forces in the city’s observance of the 2019 World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) “Take the first steps to quit smoking today.
The observances unwrapped through a fun walk and a motorcade which started from Oxrox Park and ended at Ozamiz City Hall Grounds.
Department of Health (DOH) representatives, Human Resource for Health and Midwives, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police (PNP) and motorcab drivers in Ozamiz City participated in the observance.
In his opening message, Councilor Carlito Bodiongan, chairperson of the Committee on Health, reiterated that the government is promoting a healthy lifestyle among its officials and employees by strictly enforcing the ‘No Smoking’ policy within the agency’s premises.
City Health Officer Holly Tago said the campaign is intended not only for smokers but also for non-smokers who may be exposed to the health risks of secondhand smoke.
She reminded the public to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages since smoking can cause non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes, among others.
“Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of diseases and premature deaths globally,” Dr. Tago said.
Annually, every 31st day of May, the World Health Organization (WHO) advocates WNTD, highlighting the health hazards and additional risks associated with tobacco use.
According to the agency’s report, the current estimate of more than seven million tobacco-induced deaths each year may increase to more than eight million per year by 2030.
To help reduce tobacco consumption, the WHO collaborates with its stakeholders to strengthen their appeal to countries to prioritize and accelerate tobacco control efforts, as part of their respective responses to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Tago also said starting today, City Health Office will launch the advocacy throughout Ozamiz City to spread awareness on the effects of tobacco. (smrn/PIA 10)
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