Friday, September 20, 2019

Tobacco-free drives up in Bataan

BALANGA CITY -- Balanga City and the town of Dinalupihan are in full force on their drives against smoking under the Tobacco-Free Generation (TFG) advocacy.

Recently, Balanga City Mayor Francis Garcia and Dinalupihan Mayor Gila Garcia met with TFG founder Dr. Koong Heng Nung to discuss the expansion of anti-smoking ban to other local government units in the province.

Dr. Koong expressed his belief on youth who play a vital role in promoting a smoke-free generation.

He said that one of the goals of the TFG advocacy is to steer away the millennial generation from tobacco use.

Last year, Balanga City was hailed as the first tobacco-free-generation city in the world by the TFG international organization.

The city continuously supports the advocacy through strict law implementation against selling and use of tobacco products, and conduct of fitness dance classes.

In Dinalupihan, the town recently conducted a color run for TFG that encouraged participants to commit against smoking.

According to social movement Tobacco Free Generation, each year depending on which country, 10 percent to 30 percent of boys below the age of 15 have started on their first cigarette, with most cases due to experimentation and peer pressure.

In its official website, the TFG advocacy encourages teens to be the generation that makes the difference, “the generation that says no to cigarettes and to look after themselves and their peers.”

These moves of Balanga and Dinalupihan concur with the implementation of Executive Order No. 26 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May, banning smoking in public places nationwide. (PR)
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