The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Caraga implemented strict no-smoking policy within its premises as its way of ensuring healthy and safe working environment.

POPCOM Caraga joins in time of No Tobacco Day on 31st of May anchored on the theme “Commit to Quit”, centers on the global aim of empowering and supporting tobacco users on their journey towards quitting.

With the Covid-19 onslaught, many cigarette users wanted to quit according to World Health Organization (WHO). In the same study, experts found out that people who smokes cigarette are susceptible, and are considered as high-risk, of getting a severe case of Covid-19.

Based on recent researches, smoking cigarettes could develop several serious health conditions, like cardiovascular heart and circulatory diseases, chronic lung disease, and diabetes, to name a few. In addition, e-cigarettes generate toxic chemicals, which have been linked to harmful health effects such as cardiovascular disease & lung disorders, as experts claimed.

As the world celebrates another No Tobacco Day this year, positive outcomes are being recorded in relation to the anti-smoking campaign. According to WHO, 60% of the existing smokers already have expressed their desire to quit. But this has to be tallied with the claim that only 30% have access to the tools to help them to do so successfully. Certainly, the goal toward attaining a smoke-free world remains a challenge, as WHO still continues in providing people with the tools and resources they need to make a successful attempt at quitting.