Baguio anti-smoking drive vies for Red Orchid Award
Will its strict anti-smoking drive net Baguio City its first Red Orchid Award from the Department of Health this year?
Baguio City officials hope so as the city government has been implementing a smoke-free ordinance since May 2017.
Members of the city’s anti-smoking task force met last week with a validation team from the DOH for the Red Orchid Award.
Since last year, Baguio City has banned smoking in public places, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 26.
Its anti-smoking task force has apprehended over 1,300 violators.
The DOH’s Red Orchid Awards is a search for government hospitals, offices, and local government units that implement a 100-percent tobacco-free environment.
In the DOH, the “Red Orchid” is the highest award in the search for a tobacco-free environment, followed by the the “Pink Orchid” award and the “White Orchid” for third.
Criteria for the award include:
– efforts to implement a 100-percent tobacco-free environment using the WHO’s tobacco-control policies
– monitoring of tobacco use and prevention policies
– protection of people from tobacco smoke
– offer of help to quit tobacco use
– warning against the dangers of tobacco
– enforcement of bans on tobacco advertising
– raising of taxes on tobacco products
Dr. Donnabel Tubera, Baguio City’s anti-smoking task force head, pointed out that while smoking addiction is a lifestyle vice, it is “curable.”
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