News Flash

October 07, 2015, Wednesday
  • Former Senator Joker Arroyo passes away at 88 in the United States. 2 hours ago |
  • Senate session hall can’t be used for Binay-related probe as it is being used for budget hearings. 2 hours ago |
  • 25th Senate hearing on allegations vs. Binay won’t push through on Thurs. allegedly due to lack of venue. 2 hours ago |
  • Gabriela party-list files a resolution seeking a House probe on alleged use of women as sex objects at LP event in Laguna. 2 hours ago |
  • Fatalities due to tropical storm ‘Kabayan’ rises to 4. 2 hours ago |
  • Postponement of Ex-Chief Justice Corona’s case at Court of Tax Appeals’ 2nd division is due to the TRO issued by CTA en banc. 3 hours ago |
  • Fmr. Chief Justice Renato Corona’s arraignment at Court of Tax Appeals postponed anew & reset to Dec. 9, 2015. 3 hours ago |
  • Sen. Bongbong Marcos says a vice president should be able to work with any president even if they have conflicting views. 3 hours ago |
  • Sen. Bongbong Marcos says he will announce his candidate for president on Saturday. 3 hours ago |
  • Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao considers running as an independent senatorial candidate. 3 hours ago |
  • Over 250 dengue cases reported in Albay since January this year. 3 hours ago |
  • 10 of 14 victims in collision of 2 vans along Macapagal Blvd. taken to San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay City. 3 hours ago |
  • 14 injured in a collision between an armored van & a ‘colorum’ Urvan van along Macapagal Blvd. in Paranaque City. 3 hours ago |
  • Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao to retire from boxing if he will win as senator. 4 hours ago |
  • Tolentino says sorry to LP, Roxas, Rep. Agarao, women’s groups & his own mother who was offended by the lewd dance number. 4 hours ago |
  • Tolentino says as the highest official present during the LP event, he failed to stop the indecent performance of the girl group on stage. 4 hours ago |
  • Tolentino asks for understanding & apologizes to everyone he offended when he failed to stop the girl group’s lewd dance in Laguna. 4 hours ago |
  • Tolentino asks LP to remove him from its senatorial line-up. 4 hours ago |
  • Violation of Magna Carta of Women & Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards filed vs. Tolentino at Ombudsman. 4 hours ago |
  • Labor groups sue MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino over a girl group’s lewd dance at LP event. 5 hours ago |
  • Ex-Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado admits the Reyes brothers are his friends. 20 hours ago |
  • DOJ to see if Ex-Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado violated provisions in the Witness Protection Program. 20 hours ago |
  • DOJ to release a second report on Mamasapano incident. 20 hours ago |
  • Comelec estimates over 2 million voters have yet to register. 20 hours ago |
  • House leadership wants to approve the 2016 proposed budget by Friday. 20 hours ago |
  • House Speaker Sonny Belmonte urges Pres. Aquino to certify as urgent the bill on proposed P 3-T nat’l budget for 2016. 20 hours ago |
  • Sen. Gringo Honasan says he is talking with his family about his next political move. 20 hours ago |
  • Honasan asks UNA for more time to decide on whether or not he will agree to become Binay’s running mate. 20 hours ago |
  • UNA formally asks Sen. Gringo Honasan to be Binay’s running mate. 20 hours ago |
  • TESDA Head Joel Villanueva confirms he is running for senate. 20 hours ago |
  • Sandra Cam says Ex-Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado had called up his business associates, Reyes brothers, while they were in Phuket. 22 hours ago |
  • Duterte announces the arrest of 2 suspects involved in the abduction of 3 foreigners & 1 Filipina from Samal Island. 22 hours ago |

New anti-smoking laws called

By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Apr. 01, 2013 at 12:01am
Public health advocates called on government on Sunday to impose tough anti-smoking regulations in the country, citing recent findings that mothers who breathe secondhand smoke were likely to have children with behavioral problems.

Diana Trivinio, project manager of NGO Health Justice, said new study showed that 25 percent of children of 646 passive-smoking mothers developed speech and language skills, intelligence and conduct disorders.

“We need 100 percent smoke-free environments to be able to effectively protect our people from second-hand smoke. This is particularly important for the Philippines, which is among the top 20 smoking nations in the world,” Trivinio said.

A study conducted in China by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing on 646 mother and child pairs exposed to second-hand smoke showed 25 percent of the children developed behavioral problems. In contrast, only 16 percent of children of unexposed mothers developed similar problems.

The children of exposed mothers also demonstrated poor performance in tests on speech and language skills and showed intelligence and conduct disorders. Reduced flow of blood and oxygen to the fetus as a result of second-hand smoke altered brain growth and development during pregnancy, according to researchers.

Trevinio said the government should educate and warn people about the dangers of smoking on public health by requiring cigarette manufacturers to carry “picture warnings” on cigarette packs.

She said the “picture warnings” will help the youth realize the dangers of smoking and stop them from developing the dangerous habit, and even encourage smokers to quit.

Emer Rojas, a cancer survivor and President of New Vois Association of the Philippines, said graphic health warnings on cigarette packs should be implemented immediately because of the danger that smoking pose to public health.

“As a former smoker, who almost died because of smoking, I will never stop campaigning so that people won’t experience what I went through because of my smoking,” Rojas said.

Public health advocates want government to require manufacturers to carry more vivid warnings on cigarette packs than the bold letters that says, “Government warning: Cigarette smoking is dangerous to the health.”
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