The ‘good’ and the bad of smok­ing

Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION -

Davao City col­lects P2.3 mil­lion from smok­ing and liquor ban vi­o­la­tors. This is just one of the news most lo­cal dailies here con­tain. This is the only thing that vices yield pos­i­tive re­sult: the in­come they gen­er­ate for the city.

All the other nu­ances of vices, es­pe­cially smok­ing, pro­duce neg­a­tive re­sults.

In Davao City for ex­am­ple, ac­cord­ing to World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) smoke-free city case study (2011), smok­ing is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant threats to pub­lic health.

In a WHO man­ual en­ti­tled “Pro­mot­ing SmokeFree In­di­vid­u­als”, it says: “Ap­prox­i­mately 10 Filipinos die ev­ery hour due to to­bacco-re­lated dis­eases.”

The re­cent re­port from South­east Asia To­bacco Con­trol Al­liance (SEATCA) re­veals that 107,183 deaths at­trib­uted to ma­jor to­bacco-re­lated dis­eases have been recorded in the Philip­pines an­nu­ally.

Aside from the dis­eases to­bacco brings, the same WHO man­ual states that: “It has been es­ti­mated that the Philip­pines loses 148 bil­lion pe­sos yearly to smok­ing-re­lated dis­eases and deaths. Aside from this cost, the poor­est house­holds with a fam­ily mem­ber who smokes, spends more than 10 per­cent of their in­come on to­bacco.”

And that 10 per­cent could have been used to pro­vide for the ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties of the mem­bers of the fam­ily: cloth­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, sav­ings, vi­ta­min sup­ple­ments, etc.

Dr. Ash­ley Lopez, chief of Anti-smok­ing Task Force in Davao City, de­fines chronic smok­ers as those who smoke one or two cig­a­rette packs a day. A cig­a­rette pack con­tains 20 pieces of cig­a­rettes, priced at P3 or more per piece. And as most smok­ers buy pieces by pieces of cig­a­rettes and not by packs, they must have con­sumed P60 to P120 a day. Chronic smok­ers don’t re­al­ize how their vice af­fects their house­hold eco­nom­i­cally speak­ing.

Thus, it can­not be ruled out that smok­ing also af­fects fam­ily re­la­tion­ships. For whose wife wants her hus­band to smoke their P60 to P120 a day away?

Smok­ing pro­duces noth­ing but neg­a­tive re­sults to al­most all as­pect in one’s life, be it to his health, fi­nances or re­la­tion­ships.

Dabawenyos are just for­tu­nate that there is strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of anti-smok­ing or­di­nance here.

But hope­fully, one day, news that Davao City yields P0 from smok­ers can be read in news­pa­pers or heard on tv or ra­dio, not be­cause au­thor­i­ties are not do­ing their jobs well, but be­cause there are no more smok­ers any­where any­more.

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