Smoking continues to be linked to deaths from cancer, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and other heart diseases with 10 Filipinos dying of smoking-related diseases every hour.
PHP270 million is lost annually to smoking-related costs.
Rightfully, government and anti-smoking groups have been pushing for measures to encourage people to stop smoking such as higher sin tax, graphic health warnings, stricter ordinances on smoking, etc.
As a heterogeneous group of smokers and non-smokers, what we believe is lacking is fact-based, scientific information on tangible solutions for smokers to quit the deadly habit effectively and successfully (for good).
Always aim to quit cold turkey. If you experience difficulty, seek medical help for possible nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) like patches, gums or sprays. If all else fails, try viable alternatives like vape products to help you transition.