Still at the infant stage
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The implementation of the Dumaguete City Smoke-Free Ordinance is still in its infant stage due to lack of manpower for its implementation and budgetary constraints.
The one-year-old Smoke-Free Ordinance has been slowly changing the attitude of smokers in the city, but the fight against smoking has started, slowly but surely.
The purpose of the ordinance is to safeguard public health and ensure the well-being of all its constituents by protecting them from the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco consumption.
We know that tobacco use has been embedded in our culture for many years. We also know that smoking also destroys the health of non-smokers. The World Health Organization has said that tobacco use is responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide. The exposure to second-hand smoke causes 600,000 premature deaths annually, with children's death at about 28 percent.
However, it is not discriminatory to ban smoking in enclosed public places, workplaces such as school grounds, public buildings, public transport, elevators and stairwells, food preparations areas and centers for youth activity.
We believe the success in the fight against smoking has come slowly, as laws banning it for certain people and in certain places have worked together with social disapproval to pressure individuals to quit. Making smoking inconvenient for smokers, could make it easier for them to quit smoking.
We must continue working to solve the problem by having lots of willpower to implement the rules, and be serious enough by allocating funds in order to provide the manpower to enforce the rules. *