Category Archives: Health

Zero fireworks-related injury this year (hopefully)

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Image credit: N and People’s Tonight Editorial Cartoon, Oct. 15, 2016 issue

Time and again, the government through the Department of Health (DOH) has been warning the public against indiscriminate lighting of fireworks and firecrackers (and indiscriminate firing of guns) when Christmas and Holiday season nears. This year, I’m looking forward to the news that firecrackers will be banned nationwide. This is a welcome news to every one who detests the bad effects of fireworks and firecrackers to health and the environment. As a former newspaper reporter, I was assigned to cover the DOH for several years and had witnessed the gruesome effects of firecracker and fireworks explosion to its victims – those who lighted the firecrackers and the unsuspecting bystanders.

The DOH is targeting a zero fireworks-related injury this year. It is also supportive of  the community fireworks display while encouraging everyone particularly parents to discouraged their children to use and light firecrackers and fireworks for their safety.

Nationwide Smoking Ban

Photo credit: N and People's Tonight

Photo credit: N and People’s Tonight

People, especially those who abhor smoking, are excited about this news. President Duterte is set to sign Executive Order (EO) on the no-smoking policy in public places. Once it is signed, smoking of cigarettes, tobacco, shisha (waterpipe), e-cigarettes, or similar devices will be ban in public places, including public vehicles nationwide.

The smoking ban will implemented in all public outdoor spaces, enclosed and partially enclosed public spaces, accommodation and entertainment establishments, and work places.

The EO covers drivers, conductors, and passengers in public utility vehicles.

President Duterte will sign the EO before the end of October and will have full implementation of the graphic health warning next month.