Advocates push tighter tobacco control

By Joel E. Zurbano   Ten Filipinos die every hour from diseases related to smoking, according to Health Justice Philippines and Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance. Dr. Mary Assunta, SEATCA policy advisor, said the number of deaths  from smoking is now at an alarming level as the group urged the Aquino administration to review the…


240 smokers die every day

by CATHERINE S. VALENTE Reporter   BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan: Tobacco use, which kills nearly six million people every year, is now considered a global epidemic and the situation is getting worse, a public health think tank said on Thursday. In a forum organized by Health Justice Philippines, Dr. Mary Assunta, senior policy advisor of the…

Death by smoking now a global epidemic

MANILA — Death by smoking is now considered a global epidemic, according to Health Justice, a non-government organization with an advocacy to reduce the number of smokers in the country. Atty. Ma. Paz Luna of Health Justice on Thursday said there are 87,600 people who die every year due to smoking — or around 240…

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