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August 30, 2015, Sunday
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  • PAGASA says heavy rains in parts of Metro Manila are due to the merging of thunderstorms from Rizal & cloud formations over Manila Bay. 16 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas says while people have the right to peaceful assembly, they must not cause inconvenience to anyone. 16 hours ago |
  • Petron to cut prices of gasoline by P 1.45 per liter, diesel by P .70 per liter and kerosene by P .90 per liter. 16 hours ago |
  • Petron to implement oil price rollback on Aug. 30 Sunday. 17 hours ago |
  • PNP National Capital Region on full alert status due to the rally of Iglesia ni Cristo at EDSA. 17 hours ago |
  • Heavy rains pouring over several parts of Metro Manila. 20 hours ago |
  • Reward money for the arrest of the killer of Philippine eagle ‘Pamana’ rises to P 600K. 20 hours ago |
  • PAGASA monitors a low pressure area (LPA) 175 km. east of Borongan, Samar. 20 hours ago |
  • Traffic slow moving from Ortigas Avenue until Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 20 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas & Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin Abalos hold meeting in Camp Crame to discuss the INC rally at EDSA. 20 hours ago |
  • Mandaluyong city gov’t PIO Jimmy Isidro says a permit was issued for INC’s rally to ‘contain’ the protest at Crossing & ease traffic. 20 hours ago |
  • Mandaluyong city government gives INC permission to hold their rally at EDSA-Shaw until Sunday. 20 hours ago |
  • INC Spokesman Edwil Zabala expects the crowd at EDSA will surge on Sunday afternoon. 21 hours ago |
  • EDSA-Shaw underpass open to motorists on Saturday morning although traffic along the southbound lane is slow. 21 hours ago |
  • INC members plan to stay at EDSA until Monday although they need to secure permit to do this. 21 hours ago |
  • Both northbound and southbound service roads of EDSA-Shaw Boulevard are impassable on Saturday morning due to INC’s rally. 21 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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