June is No Smoking Month in the Philippines

 

The celebration of World No Tobacco Day on May 31 ushered in the observance of June as National No-Smoking Month in the Philippines. The nationwide observance is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 183, s. 1993. Led by the Department of Health (DOH), the nationwide observance seeks to heighten public awareness on the ill effects of smoking, and encourage smokers to kick the habit. According to a 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) report, more than a quarter of Filipinos (including 11 percent who are minors) smoke.

Last May 16, 2017, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) No. 26 “Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places.” The EO was issued cognizant of the scientific evidence that has “unequivocably established that tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke cause death, disease and disability, lead to devastating health, social, economic, and environmental consequences, and place burdens on families, on the poor, and on national and local health systems.”