NO SMOKING in PUBLIC PLACES POLICY
Matarlo, Charlene C.
This study presents the citizens whether the implementation of the No Smoking in Public Places Policy is being reasonable or not. There are 50 respondents interviewed through direct questioning. The respondents were the people ages: 18 below, 18-25, 26-35, 36-45, 45 and above. Majority agreed to promote public health.
People already know that smoking is bad for the health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Most commonly the substance is the dried leaves of the tobacco plant which have been rolled into a small square of rice paper to create a small, round cylinder called a “cigarette”. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems. These include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke and cataracts. Women who smoke have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems or having a baby die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Tobacco contains nicotine, a highly addictive drug that makes it difficult for smokers to kick the habit. Tobacco products also contain many poisonous and harmful substances that cause disease and premature death. There are more than 4,000 ingredients in a cigarette other than tobacco. Common additives include yeast, wine, caffeine, beeswax and chocolate. Here are some other ingredients: Ammonia – Household cleaner; Angelica root extract – Known to cause cancer in animals; Arsenic – Used in rat poisons; Benzene – Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber; Butane Gas – used in lighter fluid; Carbon monoxide – Poisonous gas; Cadmium – Used in batteries; Cyanide – Deadly poison; DDT – A banned insecticideEthyl Furoate – Causes liver damage in animals; Lead – Poisonous in high dosesFormaldehiyde – Used to preserve dead specimens; Methoprene – InsecticideMegastigmatrienone – Chemical naturally found in grapefruit juice; Maltitol – Sweetener for diabetics; Napthalene – Ingredient in mothballs; Methyl isocyanate – Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984; Polonium – Cancer-causing radioactive element; Tar – causes cancer.
Many people are still exposed to secondhand smoke, especially children who live with parents who smoke. Your smoke is also bad for other people – they breathe in your smoke secondhand and can get many of the same problems as smokers do. Exposure to secondhand smoke raises the risk — by as much as 30 percent — that others will get lung cancer and many other types of cancer, it can lead to emphysema, and it is bad for your heart.
On May 16, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed executive order banning smoking in all public places and prohibiting cigarette consumption under Executive No. 26. Smoking is no longer allowed except in designated smoking areas that follow guidelines set by law. However, smoking areas are banned in certain public places such as schools, elevators and stairwells, fire hazard locations, medical facilities, and food preparation areas. The Order also reinforces the Republic Act (RA) No. 9211, or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, which “prohibits the purchase and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to and by minors and in certain places frequented by minors.” All cities and municipalities nationwide are also “enjoined to form a local Smoke-Free Task Force,” which will help impose the provisions of EO No. 26.
The EO also cited penalties, as provisioned by RA 9211, which entail a fine of P500 to P10,000 for those violating the rules for smoking in public places.
Those who will violate the provisions on providing tobacco products to minors may be fined P5,000, face imprisonment of up to 30 days, or revocation of business licenses and permits.
The respondents are the citizens in our society. The researcher conducted a survey through direct questioning if they agreed on the implementation of Pres. Duterte about No Smoking in Enclosed and Public Places Policy. The people were being asked if it is reasonable or not and if it can be helpful to our society and other people. The survey was conducted last January 8, 2018.
RESPONDENTS AGREE DISAGREE
18 below 10 3
18-25 13 2
26-35 8 2
36-45 5 3
45 above 3 1
TOTAL 39(78%) 10(22%)
The result after gathering the data from the respondents is being reasonable of implementing the No Smoking in Enclosed and Public Places Policy. The implementation of the said law is being helpful in decreasing the deaths worldwide. Based on the result, 78% of the people agreed to the implementation of the said law and 22% disagree.
Based on the information gathered, the respondents agreed to the implementation of No Smoking in Enclosed and Public Places Policy and it is being REASONABLE. It was supported by majority because they believed that smoking is dangerous, not only for the person holding the cigarette, but also for the people who share their environment.