By Analou De Vera
Cause-oriented groups recently launched an information drive on the importance of a smoke-free environment in Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City.
Members of the Social Watch Philippines (SWP) and Aktibong Kilusan Tungo sa Iisang Bayan (AKTIB) conducted a door-to-door posting of stickers and tarpaulins in “sari-sari” stores and transport terminals, aimed at informing the residents on the provisions of Executive Order No. 26 that bans smoking in public places nationwide.
The information materials were posted in selected sari-sari stores “to remind the store owners not to sell cigarettes to minors and for cigarette smokers to know the prohibitions of smoking in public places,” the SWP said.
“The campaign aims to mobilize and involve the community to promote, sustain, and defend smoke-free areas towards a healthy environment,” the group added.
The campaign also aims to fight second-hand smoke exposure.
“We are strengthening this campaign to lessen the victims of second-hand smoke in the community. Alam naman natin na malaking chance na magkaroon din ng malubhang sakit ang mga taong nakakalanghap ng usok ng sigarilyo,” said AKTIB National Secretary Sara Salvador.
[We are strengthening this campaign to reduce the victims of second-hand smoke in the community. We all know that there is a big chance for people exposed to cigarette smoke to contract severe diseases.]
The SWP said that Barangay Pinyahan officials supported the campaign and assured to mobilize their Barangay Public Safety Officers (BPSO) to monitor the implementation of the Executive Order 26.