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DoH lauds smoking ban EO

An estimated 87,000 lives would be saved because of the signing of Executive Order No. 26 or the EO for smoke-free Philippines, the Department of Health said yesterday.

“Inaasahan namin sa Executive Order na maaring mailigtas natin ang 87,000 deaths na narereport po natin taun-taon sa ating bansa dulot ng paninigarilyo,” Health spokesperson Eric Tayag said.

Tayag said smoking could cause diseases such as cervical cancer, diabetes, emphysema, and asthma, among others, and could even result to death.

“Kapag kayo ay nanigarilyo, you are four times more likely to suffer from a heart attack. Ang paninigarilyo, kahit po second hand smoke ganito ang epekto, masisira po blood vessels. Anong mangyayari? Kapapal po iyon, liliit ngayon ang daanan ng dugo. Dahil sisikip po iyon, tataas ang blood pressure. Sa pagtaas ng blood pressure, maapektuhan po ang mga ibang parte ng katawan. Maaari kayong magkaroon ng coronary artery disease or heart attack. Apat na beses din ang panganib na mauwi ito sa stroke; 25 more times likely rin na magkaroon ng lung cancer,” he added.

Tayag said quitting smoking can save a person’s life. “Kapag tumigil sa paninigarilyo? Kung tuluy-tuloy sa isang taon, mangangalahati po ang panganib sa heart attack. ‘Pag tuluy-tuloy sa limang taon, mauuwi po ang kalusugan doon sa antas na maaaring hindi mauwi sa stroke. ‘Pag sampung taong tuluy-tuloy, mangangalahati ang panganib na magkaroon ng lung cancer,” he explained.

Duterte signed EO 26 titled “Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places” last May 16. (Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce)

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