Smoking kills 10 Filipinos every hour



Ten Filipinos die every hour from illnesses caused by smoking while the country loses nearly P500 billion annually from healthcare costs and productivity losses, according to an anti-tobacco group.

HealthJustice Philippines disputed the claims of tobacco companies that increasing taxes on tobacco would hurt tobacco farmers and lead to the loss of livelihood.

“The most important issue is none other than health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that tobacco consumption kills 10 Filipinos every hour, due to cancer, stroke, lung and heart diseases brought on by cigarette smoking,” the group said in a statement.

“Even if a person does not smoke, the WHO warns that second-hand smoke causes hundreds of thousands of deaths to non-smokers due to the same smoking-related diseases,” it said.

HealthJustice said the Philippines loses billions of pesos in terms of health and economic costs from smoking.

It cited a 2006 study by the WHO, Department of Health (DOH), University of the Philippines-Manila and the Philippine College of Medical Researchers Foundation showing that the government’s “economic costs, including expenses for health care and costs of productivity losses,” reached P461 billion.

The group said price increases through tax reforms in tobacco products will discourage people from smoking.

It quoted a World Bank study as saying that a 10 percent increase in taxes on tobacco products would lead to a 4 to 8 percent decrease in consumption, thus leading to saving thousands of lives.

“A recent study by economists Filomeno Sta. Ana and Jo-Ann Latuja estimates that at least 870,000 smokers will quit and 310,000 lives can be saved when the needed excise tax reforms, which will significantly increase the price of cigarettes, are implemented,” HealthJustice said.

The tax reforms would also help raise additional revenues for public health, with the Department of Finance estimating that as much as P30 billion to P40 billion additional revenues can be generated annually, it said.

The group said the 2009 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) has estimated that more than 17 million adult Filipinos smoke while a DOH survey showed that Filipino children as young as five years old are already starting to smoke.

“If the current administration falls short of implementing measures to reduce tobacco consumption among its citizens, the health risks and economic losses will certainly become too much to bear in the near future,” the group said.

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  • Anonymous

    HealthJustice Philippines ang galing nyo….you really are concerned with our health!!!   How about liquor?… sa news maraming akong mabasa o marinig na…. anak ni-rape ng LASING na ama….si mrs. at mga anak binugbug ng LASING na ama…. magkainuman nagkamatayan… banggaan ng sasakyan maraming namatay ksi LASING ang driver… at marami pang patayan ng dahil lng sa liquor…. kung malasing ang tao hndi na rin productive ksi hndi na makawork kinaumagahan…at sa pagkaalam ko mas madali ang tao mamatay sa alak….haaayyyy…concerned ba talaga kayo sa health at kapakanan ng mamamayan? bakit smoking lng?..hmmmm

    • Gagami Tuladyu

      hihihi, ang alak kasi pwedeng i-moderate to the point na hindi siya makasasama sa tao, halimbawa sa bahay ka lang uminum ng konte tapos matulog ka na… yung sigarilyo kahit isang stick lang makakasama na kagad hindi lang sayo kundi pati sa mga nakapaligid sayo! (kadalasan pati mga bata at baby nadadamay!) nakaka-dagdag pa sa polusyon! AT ano naman ang masama kung lalabanan mo ang isang galamay na masama at ipaubaya mo naman sa iba ang iba pang galamay? Kailangan ba ikaw na lang lahat ang kikilos? PASALAMAT ka nga at may ginagawa sila habang ikaw ay NAKATANGA lang diyan!  RoFl! ;)

      • Anonymous

        eh bakit may nalalasing pag nakokontrol ang pag inom ng alak?…d ba hndi mo na macontrol pag alcoholic ka? nanginginig ka na pag hndi naka.inom ng alak..hahaha…pag nakadimdim na…isa pa…tapos isa pa…isah pha…isiah paahhh….isahhhh paahhhh….. lasing ka na pre? o mangchicks ka na pre kasi lasing ka na..hehehe…manghamon ka na away pre kasi lasing ka na…pag umangal si mrs tsaka mga anak mo e d bugbugin mo na kasi lasing ka …hehehe… tumingin ka sa paligid mo… marami na nasira na pamilya ang alak…. marami ng pinatay na tao ang alak… marami na na.abuso na anak at pamilya ang alak….

    • Rogelio

      ikaw, san ka concern? smoking really kills! isang example na yung tatay ko diyan, lung cancer induced by smoking.

  • Anonymous

    smoking kills 10 filipinos every hour? if that is the case, then we will not have problems with over population. the birth rate and mortality rate, how accurate are data on these two anyway?

    • Gordon Montoya

      it amounts to about 87600 per year. not improbable.

  • Anonymous

    God forbid that that one day the statistics will include a president or former president of the country – who valued the dirty and unhealthy pleasure offered by cigarettes than the opportunity to serve as a good example of  how a person could withstand the temptation of vice. 

  • Jiao Takamdemare

    Ipatupad in full force ang clean air act!  The greater good for the greater number of people.  Yung mga tobacco farmers, they will have alternatives.  Yung mga nagkakasakit dahil sa maruming hangin wala na.  Pipiliin pa ba natin ang mga nagtatanim ng tobacco kesa mga boboto sa election?  Maraming alternativo ang tobacco farmers, magtanim pa rin sila pero hindi na tobacco.  Si PNoy dapat ang manguna sa suliraning ito.

  • Anonymous

    Smoking related deaths

    Now the question comes-since we are all going to die, no matter what precautions we may take-is it justifiable for health advocates to force people to conform to certain lifestyles whichthose advocates claim will maximize the length of a person’s life?Death is inevitable, but health advocates such as the anti-smoking industry claim that they are justified in using punitive pressures of various kinds to force people  to conform to their definitionof “a healthy lifstyle”.Most people would probably agree that it is preferable for a person’s death to be  a ‘natural” deathbut what does that mean?The only definition of a natural death, in medical science, comes from pathologists.Their definition is this; A natural death is a death that results from a natural disease process,distinct from a death that results from accident or violence.”All of the smoking related deaths involve natural disease process: cancer, heart disease,stroke, emphysema-these are all “natural disease processes”, Smoking- related deaths are “natural” deaths.One of the world’s most renowned pathologists, Dr. Ludwig Aschoff, stated that he neverfound a case of purely natural death: autopsy had always revealed some pathologicalprocess as a cause.Dr. Hans Selye of Montreal, probably the world’s leading authority on human stress, assertedthat in all his autopsies he has never yet seen a man who died simply of ” old age”, nor doeshe think anyone ever has.

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