The nationwide measure, known as Executive Order 26, is similar to the near universal smoking ban Mr.
The World Health Organization’s Global Tobacco Epidemic report in 2015 estimated that 11.8 percent of Filipinos ages 13 to 15 used tobacco. It said that only a few governments appropriately taxed tobacco products, a “proven, low-cost measure to curb demand.”The W.
Small neighborhood stores in the Philippines commonly sell single cigarettes even to minors, who often say they are running errands for their elders.
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This report presents findings from the GYTS conducted in the Philippines in 20, which revealed substantial declines in the proportions of students aged 13-15 years who currently smoked cigarettes, currently used other tobacco products, were likely to start smoking in the next year, or were exposed to secondhand smoke in public places.
The findings also indicated an increase in the proportion of students who supported bans on smoking in public places, had learned about the dangers of tobacco use in school, and had seen antitobacco messages in media and advertising.B Fishburn, MPP, J Santos, MPH, Western Pacific Regional Office, World Health Organization, Manila, Philippines.NR Jones, Ph D, CW Warren, Ph D, Office of Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC.According to the new order, tobacco cannot be sold within 100 meters, or about 330 feet, of schools, playgrounds or anywhere children might gather.Municipalities must also designate smoking areas that are far from these places, and away from elevators, stairwells, gas stations, health centers and wherever food is prepared.GYTS uses a two-stage, cluster-sample design that produces representative samples of students in grades associated with ages 13-15 years.In the Philippines, this age range is covered by the second, third, and fourth years of secondary school; the GYTS sampling frame included all secondary schools containing these grade levels.Public health authorities in the Philippines should evaluate their current tobacco-control programs and enhance or expand them to further reduce youth smoking.GYTS is a school-based survey that collects data from students aged 13-15 years by using a standardized methodology for constructing the sample frame, selecting participating schools and classes, and processing data.At the first sampling stage, the probability of selecting a school was proportional to the number of students enrolled in the specified grades.At the second stage, classes within the selected schools were randomly selected.