Playing With Death, Selling Death

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And these worrisome scenes get familiar and more familiar everyday. We need not go to Mexico or Mumbai to get horrified. Metro Manila is teeming with a burgeoning high school students billowing with pride their sticks slashed from their baon. The other alarming news is that “cancer is one of the greatest untold health crises of the developing world,”  said Dr. Douglas Blayney, president-elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. “Few are aware that cancer already kills more people in poor countries than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined. And if current smoking trends continue, the problem will get significantly worse,” he added. Welcome the villain: tobacco smoking is the leading cause of cancer these days. Welcome more villains: tobacco companies are targetting the younger generation the way fast-foods are conditioning the young minds. So, this campaign is trying to slow down the trend:

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Draw the line? I think we can. I start simple by taking my time to blog this. Thanks Zimm for those simple nudges to try to blog for something bigger than ourselves and our comfort or discomfort.

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Credit in photo order: tv_viewer, Austin King, macoolit2006, Senan’s
Colourblind Photographer

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6 thoughts on “Playing With Death, Selling Death

  1. Do you know that we have a law here in the Philippines prohibiting minors from selling and buying cigarettes yet they are not being strictly implemented?

    It is one of my assignments to look for this particular law, study it and try to have the local government implement it. hmmmm….. i hope i can do this….

  2. Kakalungkot naman to, ang mga batang ito ay walang guidance ng mga magulang. Kawawa naman. Di ba may batas tayo na bawal magbenta ng sigarilyo sa mga bata?

    Pano po ba makakatulong?

    Magandang tanong yan Jorge. kahit ako nagtatanong na rin.

  3. thank you for this info. naprint ko na and i’ll take a look at this after the xmas party. maraming ways makatulong. kelangan lang muna umupo at pag-isipan.

    oo nga eh, ang dami din talagang pwedeng gawin sa pinas. we only need to find out what is it that we are truly passionate about…

  4. dito sa kabundukan, naninigarilyo ang mga kabataan dahil malamig. mataas ang tolerance ng mga magulang sa smoking vices ng mga anak. nakita ko ito sa isang camping namin. ang rules eh bawal ang recreational drugs, cellphone, MP3, computer, PSP, alcohol, etc. pero may designated place for smoking kasi baka daw pagsimulan ng forest fire. Mas concerned pa rilang masunog ang kagubatan kesa masunog ang utak at baga ng mga anak nila.

    contextual talaga ang social habits ano…pero malikhain ang mga Pranses kaya gagawa din ang mga yan ng universal campaign…

  5. I started smoking when I was 15. Biruin mo 15 years na ako smoker. Pero in my stay sa seminary nawala sya. And now, every sunday na lang ako nagsmosmoke. minsan wala pa. kasi whenever I write a sunday relfection I really need to relax my mind. ironically, smoke relaxes my mind. Pero I am trying to stop. actually di na nga muna ako lumalabas with my friends all over kasi ang tendency napapa smoke ako. And I really want to quite. Maybe this time eh once a week na lang. soon wala na yan.

    Ang sarap sapukin nung mga bata na ninigarilyo. pero ang dapat ikulong dyan ay mga tindahan eh. Kung walang binebenta walang maninigarilyo LOL I should know. malayo ako sa kabihasnan and sometimes sarado ang tindahan dito, kaya minsan oregano tinitira ko LOL

    hehe, meron akong seminary buddy noon. hindi makapag-aral sa gabi pag hindi muna magyoyosi. ngayong pari na sya, tumigil na rin yata. kunsabagay, hindi daw ganun kadali ang mag-quit kaya kelangan ng counseling o medication. yup, ang mga bata natin tuloy, nagiging biktima kahit ano pang free will free will pa yan ang i-rebut sa mga debate…

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