Why our advocacy?

  • 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).  

Here are six techniques to help you succeed!

TIP #1 - CHOOSE A QUIT DAY

That day can be your birthday, an anniversary, or New Year’s Day. Choosing a day helps you prepare and ensure a higher quitting success.

TIP #2 - GET SUPPORT

Telling someone or seeking support from a group of former smokers gives you the encouragement you need and increases your chance for success. You do not have to feel alone in your quitting journey.

TIP #3 - USE A QUITTING AID IF YOU CAN'T QUIT COLD TURKEY

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.

TIP #4 - SPRING CLEAN

Remove and throw away everything that reminds you of smoking. Make your home, car, and place of work smoke-free.

TIP #5 - IDENTIFY YOUR TRIGGERS

List down all the things that involve smoking and make a plan of action on how to deal with or avoid these situations. Say hello to a better you!

TIP #6 - COMMIT

Commitment is key to make your decision to quit a success. Take it one hour at a time one day at a time. Before you know it, you are one week, month, and a year free from the habit!

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Quitting smoking is difficult and challenging to do but can benefit you in the short and long term. Here are 10 benefits of quitting smoking. 

20 MINUTES

Your blood pressure and pulse return to your normal rate.

24 HOURS

The risk of heart attack decreases. Oxygen level rises, making physical activity and exercise easier to do.

48 HOURS

The nicotine will have left your body and you’ll be able to taste and smell things much better.

72 HOURS

Breathing becomes easier and your energy levels increase.

1 WEEK

Blood circulation improves.

1-3 MONTHS

The lungs’ natural cleaning system starts to recover, becoming better at removing mucus, tar and dust from the organ.

1 YEAR

Risk of coronary heart disease decreases by half and will continue to drop past the 1-year mark.

5 YEARS

Your risk of stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s.

10 YEARS

Your chance of developing lung cancer and dying from smoking is halved.

15 YEARS

The risk of death from smoking drops to the level of a person who has never smoked in their life.

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Benefits of Quitting Smoking