Medical group chief wants debate over smoking ills-A A +A
Sunday, July 10, 2011
THE Philippine Medical Association (PMA) issued Sunday a challenge to anybody who would want to debate over the ills brought about by tobacco consumption, specifically smoking cigarettes.
In a radio interview, PMA President Dr. Oscar Tinio said he is confident he can win a debate against anyone opposing efforts by the government and private organizations to discourage the public from smoking.
"If there is anyone who would dare to face me on a debate... na kaya sabihin sa harap ko na maganda ang mag-yosi, I dare anyone to face me in a debate," said Tinio over Radyo 5.
"There is nothing good you can get from smoking," he said.
The PMA has been conducting its "Smoke Free Philippines" campaign for several months already and has been the number one supporter of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in its "No Smoking" policy.
To recall, the Department of Health (DOH) administrative order issued May 2010 mandating tobacco manufacturers to place graphic health warnings in cigarette packs has been questioned before the courts by tobacco firms, citing its incoherence with the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.
Also, the Philippine Tobacco Growers Association Inc. (PTGA) has expressed opposition to moves to increase taxes for tobacco products, which would mean higher retail prices, in a bid to discourage smokers from buying cigarettes.
On the other hand, Tinio stressed that they are not interfering with individuals who feel that their personal decision-making are being violated.
He said the PMA continues to believe that they need to respect the personal decisions of the individuals on whether to continue smoking or not.
"Everyone can choose their own poison. But when you choose your poison, make sure na hindi mo maapektuhan ang kapwa mo. Solohin niyo na yan! Kung gusto mo manigarilyo ka, we will not stop you. But yung usok niyan, lalanghapin naman ng tao sa paligid mo, pati bata at pamilya mo," said Tinio. (AMN/Sunnex)