By Raïssa Robles
Yawn. The toothless MMDA(Metro Manila Development Authority) has warned it would start arresting people who smoke in public areas. Big deal. This will just turn into another money-making racket for MMDA but will not drastically reduce the number of smokers in the country.
What the government has to do is to make smoking uncool by displaying photos of the cancer caused by smoking.
Instead of this,
Why can’t the government require cigarette companies to show this –
And by the way, why isn’t the Catholic Church actively crusading against smoking which has been proven to cause abortion through miscarriage?
Smoking has long been made glamorous by the advertising industry –
It’s high time cigarette companies are made to show the real score on smoking –
A year ago, then Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral issued Department Administrative Order No. 13 to do just that. Lucio Tan’s Fortune Tobacco Corporation successfully sued her and the health department in court. They argued that the department order was unconstitutional because it was a usurpation of congressional power.
The issue is unresolved to this day.
Guess what. We as citizens don’t have to wait for Congress or the Supreme Court to rule on the matter. We can do something about it.
Remember the presidential campaign when on their own, citizens started tacking decals on their cars to show support for their presidential candidates? We can do the same by posting on our vehicles these yucky photos.
Let’s make smoking uncool.