THE Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) call on all its member countries to end the illegal trade of tobacco products and focus on the products’ graphic health warnings.
Recent researches showed that picture-based warnings are effective in motivating smokers to quit and it reduces the appeal of tobacco use for people who are not yet addicted to it.
The call was made in observance of the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, which is an ideal event to raise awareness on the hazards of tobacco, because approximately 240 Filipinos die daily from smoking-related diseases, according to Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin.
According to the WHO, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.
The epidemic is said to kill more than eight million people every year by 2030 unless no action will be taken.