Launch of the Smoke-Free Places Campaign

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QUEZON CITY (PIA) — An eight-month campaign promoting smoke-free beaches, parks and tourist destinations was launched Tuesday by the Department of Health (DOH).

In a statement, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said the campaign was launched in collaboration with Vital Strategies, Smokefree Philippines, as well as SmokeFree Aklan, Action on Smoking and Health and the Organization’s office. World Health Organization (WHO) in the Philippines. as part of the celebration of World No Tobacco Day.

Duque expressed hope that the campaign can raise awareness and create new areas of impact in the overall effort to ensure the health of the Filipino people.

“We unify the DOH’s goal of providing universal health care, which includes giving families an environment that allows them to enjoy healthily without exposing themselves to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke,” Duque said.

Duque added that the campaign aims to showcase Boracay, Palawan, Caramoan and other top beach destinations as pilot areas for smoke-free beaches, starting with Boracay Beach Station 2, Malay, Aklan.

“We have included this initiative to protect our beaches, parks and tourist destinations from the adverse environmental effects of this product,” Duque added.

According to the DOH, approximately 4.5 trillion cigarettes become litter and 4.2 million butts end up on beaches and waterways each year.

Meanwhile, Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), a global tobacco industry watchdog, reiterated that the plastic and chemical content of cigarette filters has been shown to have harmful effects. on marine life and water quality.

The DOH reminded that the public who wants to quit smoking can call the department’s 1558 Quitline or visit the mReady2Quit Facebook page. (JAFD/PIA-IDPD)

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