World No Tobacco Day 2020

Posted by Javan Poblador | Posted on June 1, 2020

World No Tobacco Day 2020
by Glemir Sordilla
Bacolod City

 

Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World No Tobacco. This event is observed and celebrated globally on May 31 since 1987. Its purpose is to highlight the health risk that the tobacco epidemic caused along with drawing global attention to the policies that are being ineffectively implemented against it. With 8 million preventable deaths, according to WHO, under its belt, the organization is reminding us to make everyday a no tobacco day.

This year’s main focus is on protecting the youth from the industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use. For decades, the tobacco industry has knowingly mapped out strategic techniques to attract the youth in using its products. This much is true when they start investing for their products to taste flavorful. The flavors range from everyone’s fruity favorites to delightful desserts. Making their designs more attractive and handy is also one of their antics and next comes from them backing it up with unproven claims on their vaping products are “safer” and “cleaner.”

In this trying times where staying at home is our option to stay safe, I came across a documentary from Unreported World, titled “Indonesia’s Tobacco Children” where rich and powerful companies host lively sports events for the youth while plastering their products everywhere. The children’s role models who are their celebrities also endorse these companies sealing the young people’s minds in using it for a treat and eventually got hooked, belching their lungs out on one pack or more every day.

This tobacco addiction is also what I see daily. The real-life health effects of it are seen on every cigarette pack that doesn’t seem to deter anyone. Even if policies are passed and sin taxes are being charged and paid for these products, effective and strict implementation of government laws is still needed if they really want to put their people first like what they say they’re doing, but at this point, it just seems like fattening up these companies pockets. Just like the WHO slogan, “Don’t let tobacco take your breath away,” a reminder for a lot of people how multiple they are at risk for every inhale they take.

Other good reads...

HAPI Spotlight: Dweng Bulaclac

Shane Haro June 2020 Antique When it comes to HAPI affairs, you’ll find that Chief Financial Officer and Branding Head Edwin “Dweng” Bulaclac, Jr. is strictly no-nonsense. It says a lot that community quarantine has only sharpened his focus rather than dull it, with HAPI’s recent PPE Mobilization Drive to Benefit Frontliners and Farmers’ Relief […]

Fulfilling Dreams, Pt. 1: Bahay Pangarap

Angie Driskell June 18, 2020 Metro Manila 2020 was meant to be a year full of hope and accomplishments. It was a year I believed would become unforgettable… and it did, but for all the wrong reasons. I struggled to find alternative ways to reach out to those who may need help, or even just […]

The HAPI book : From Superstition to Reason Second Volume

As our  final project and contribution to humanity, I am launching the HAPI book: From Superstition to Reason second volume today at AMAZON.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/1717758061/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=From+SUperstition+to+Reason&qid=1577199725&s=books&sr=1-5 It is even Free at Kindle :https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08337ZBRF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=From+SUperstition+to+Reason&qid=1577199898&s=books&sr=1-1 I am seriously contemplating to leave all activism in 2020. HAPI now, has the best officers/volunteers,  therefore,  I  can only  be on the sidelines. […]

Young Filipino Humanists Call for the Release of Mubarak Bala

Young Filipino Humanists Call for Release of Mubarak Bala By Joshua Villalobos Bacolod City   Young humanists from all over the Philippines called for the release of outspoken atheist, Mubarak Bala, arrested because of his Facebook post. Bala was arrested on April 28 and only after 162 days after his arrest and enforced disappearance was […]

2018 National Young Leaders’ Conference: The HAPI Report (1/2)

2018 National Young Leaders' Conference: The HAPI Report

  Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) answered the call of the United Nations (UN) to support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. HAPI accepted the invitation of the Youth Development Academy and the United Nations Major Group for Children & Youth to be part of the 2018 National Young Leaders’ Conference (NYLC). Representing HAPI at the […]

“A Fraction of Enlightenment”

Written by Bro. Rholdee L., Spiritual Humanist “The day I moved a step away from religion, was the day I moved a step closer to God”. This is the statement that best describes my Path right now. I have abandoned the Path of religion, and searched for the truth within me. Please do bear with me […]

A HAPI member and Orlando resident reacts to the shooting in Orlando.

My hometown is in grief and shock. By Alex Mendoza Wisner, Orlando Florida What is the real headline and the Root cause? “Americans were killed in Orlando by hatred and religion” Hatred has many forms. The most heartbreaking in this 21st century of modern humanity is a man, motivated by his religion, giving up the one […]

About The Author

Glemir Sordilla

The author likes to watch documentaries and read crime thriller books.

HAPI-Bacolod journalist/scholar