Creating smoke-free workplaces

One of the most common misconceptions about workplace smoking is that designated areas will suffice instead of going 100-percent smoke-free. What many people don’t know is that designated smoking areas (DSAs) imply that workers and visitors are still exposed to second-hand smoke, and the only way to eliminate the hazards of tobacco smoke is throughContinue reading “Creating smoke-free workplaces”

Groups call for higher tobacco tax

To commemorate this year’s World No Tobacco Day, about 200 runners from different universities and communities recently gathered for a fun run in the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City to appeal to the Senators to pass the pending bills to raise tobacco tax. “We believe that World No Tobacco Day is the perfect avenue toContinue reading “Groups call for higher tobacco tax”

‘Undue haste?’

Objection to dengue vaccination mounts; Health officials ‘negligent’—Sen. Gordon It seems like the debate on whether dengue vaccine program should be continued or discontinued is far from over as the House of Representatives and Senate continue its inquiry into what has been described as “undue haste” in providing the dengue vaccine worth Php 3.5 billionContinue reading “‘Undue haste?’”

The dengue dilemma

Health experts, advocates, and civil society groups express concern over the continuation of the dengue vaccination program. They support the decision of the Department of Health to withhold implementation of the program until safety signals are cleared; but will our legislators listen? Some members of the House of Representatives have motioned to defer the passageContinue reading “The dengue dilemma”

Plain packaging for tobaccos

WHO urges ban on attractive designs used by cigarette manufacturers as an effective marketing tool to entice smokers The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to call for governments, civil society, and other partners to support the implementation and promotion of the use of plain packaging as a tobacco control measure. According to Dr. Shin Young-soo,Continue reading “Plain packaging for tobaccos”