Zamboanga City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin M. Agbulos on Monday, June 16, has visited Western Mindanao State University to lecture on the Effects of Smoking to the faculty and administrative personnel of the university.
The forum, which was held at the lobby of the WMSU Executive Building, is in line with the City Health Office’s campaign against smoking. Dr. Agbulos discussed pertinent topics such as the burdens of smoking, the constituents of tobacco, smoking-caused diseases, social effects of smoking, tobacco-related diseases, poisons in tobacco fumes and the short and long term effects of smoking.
WMSU President, Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho has also graced the event and inspired the listeners to be examples to the students since WMSU has long been advocating the No Smoking campaign.
By the end of the forum, Dr. Ho initiated the ceremonial soaking of the cigarette to mark the faculty and personnel’s commitment to finally quit smoking.
Among the City Health Office’s campaign against smoking includes the conduct of seminars to disseminate the detrimental effects of smoking not only to the smoker but to their families and the people around them as well. Moreover, CHO has also passed an ordinance to the local government of Zamboanga advocating the anti-smoking movement in the city.
Dr. Agbulos challenged the WMSU Administrative Personnel Association President-Mr. Richard Hamja to establish an institutional support system called Smoking Cessation Program to finally eradicate smoking in the campus.
The month of June is observed as ‘No-Smoking Month’ nationwide. Republic Act 9211 (Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003) states that smoking is “absolutely prohibited” in preschools, primary, secondary and tertiary schools in the country. (AJ Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)