MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has appealed to institutionalize policies for tobacco control.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones called on legislators and policymakers to institutionalize strong and comprehensive tobacco control policies in support of the promotion of healthy choices among Filipinos learners.
She said the said policies are needed to complement DepEd’s ongoing efforts to keep schools smoke-free and to educate learners about the ill effects of tobacco use.
“Schools can only do so much. Which environments our learners are exposed to when they are not in school also have a great influence on their decisions as to whether to give in to or to reject the temptation to get into smoking,” she said.
Briones also added that the future of the youth is at stake as they are targeted by the tobacco industry to be its consumers.
“As repeatedly mentioned by the World Health Organization, the youth are being targeted by the tobacco industry to be their next generation of consumers. Through strong and comprehensive tobacco control policies such as the measures we are advocating today, we can win this battle,” she said.
Meanwhile, Angela Tibay, president of the Regional Federation of Supreme Student Governments-Cordillera Administrative Region is discouraging the youth from participating in any smoking activities.
“I encourage the youth to stop smoking because of its bad effects. Huwag magpapaniwala sa mapanlinlang na tobacco industries, dahil wala silang magandang dulot at wala silang pakialam sa ating kalusugan (Do not believe deceitful tobacco industries, because they won’t do us any good and they do not care about our health),” Tibay said. –AAC