IN­COME FROM VI­O­LA­TORS

Anti-smok­ing and liquor ban ap­pre­hen­sions yield P2.3 mil­lion for the city

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - BY LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR / Re­porter

The city gov­ern­ment of Davao col­lected a to­tal of P2,379,000 from anti-smok­ing and liquor ban vi­o­la­tions ap­pre­hen­sion from Jan­uary to July 2018.

Since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new anti-smok­ing or­di­nance in 2013, Dr. Ash­ley Lopez, chief of Anti-smok­ing Task Force-Davao, said in July to Septem­ber 2018 alone, there were 2,194 ap­pre­hen­sions, where 70 to 80 per­cent of those went through coun­sel­ing and 331 were filed with cases.

“The or­di­nance on anti-smok­ing in Davao City does not only ap­ply to lo­cals. For­eign­ers stay­ing in the city and caught vi­o­lat­ing the law, par­tic­u­larly on smok­ing and liquor ban will be sub­ject to penal­ties and de­por­ta­tion when proven guilty,” Lopez said.

She fur­ther said that they are in­ten­si­fy­ing their ed­u­ca­tional cam­paigns against smok­ing while em­pha­siz­ing that nico­tine-depen­dents are not crim­i­nals.

“They are vic­tims and they needed help,” Lopez said dur­ing the i-Speak me­dia fo­rum yes­ter­day, Oc­to­ber 11, 2018, adding that chronic smok­ers are those who smoke one or two cig­a­rette packs a day.

“Pag ing-ana na ang sit­wasyon sa tao, ki­na­hanglan na gyud na siya ug ta­bang to over­come es­pe­cially with­drawal symp­toms (If the per­son gets ad­dicted to smok­ing, that per­son al­ready needed help to over­come es­pe­cially the with­drawal symp­toms),” she said.

The group said that they are mak­ing ini­tia­tives to help the nico­tine-depen­dents not only through ap­pre­hen­sions but ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic as well.

Some ini­tia­tives are smok­ing ces­sa­tion coun­sel­ing, nico­tine-re­place­ment ther­apy, lec­tures and fo­rums on ill ef­fects of smok­ing, among oth­ers.

“It is very dif­fi­cult to counter some­thing that has been there for a long time,” she said, re­fer­ring to vices such as smok­ing.

She, how­ever, as­sured that the city is do­ing its best in help­ing these nico­tine-depen­dents by ed­u­cat­ing them about the harms the cig­a­rette could bring to their bod­ies.

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