Tobacco Control

TOBACCO CONTROL ADVOCACY

Smoking cigarettes or tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of cancer. Cigarette smoking kills 240 Filipinos each day in the Philippines. Most of the NVAP members attribute the loss of their vocal cords and eventually their cancer to excessive smoking. Because of this, NVAP members believe that they have a social responsibility to raise the awareness of the general public, especially the youth and the poor, on the hazards of smoking and thus, minimize the occurrence of throat cancer. Since 2006, NVAP members are being invited to share their stories and provide a living testimony on the effects of smoking. NVAP members actively participate as well as spearhead several activities in tobacco control activism. NVAP filed a petition at the Makati RTC on Sept. 7, 2010 in support for the DOH AO 2010-13 which mandates picture-based warnings on cigarette packs. NVAP also joined the Phil. Medical Ass’n. Fun Run on Sept. 25, 2010 in support to the PMA’s thrust of limiting doctors who are smoking. NVAP also staged a march to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on October 4, 2010 seeking support from the agency in upholding the Right to Health of every Filipino. This rally is the first and only tobacco control activity that landed the headlines of a leading broadsheet newspaper. On October 12, 2012, NVAP led several organizations concerned with health to another march to the CHR and denounced the unacceptable tax rate scheme on the pending sintax bill being introduced by the Senate. This rally shifted the focus of the sintax bill to health issues rather than on economics. The sintax was eventually passed on December 20, 2012 with a more favourable provisions compared to the initial proposed measure

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