DOH launches Smoke-Free Beaches Campaign in Caramoan, CamSur
The Department of Health Bicol Center for Health Development (DOH Bicol CHD) led the launching of the Smoke-Free Beaches campaign in Caramoan, Camarines Sur.
The campaign was supported by Vital Strategies Philippines, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Philippines, Reefs for Life (RFL), and in coordination with LGU Caramoan.
The activity is in line with the World No Tobacco Day Celebration with the theme: “Tobacco Threat to Environment.”
Volunteers from Ash Philippines, Reefs for Life, Paniman Elementary School, Caramoan Riders Club, Rapido Riders Club, Caramoan PNP, and Paniman residents cleaned up the coastal shoreline of Brgy. Paniman, Caramoan.
7,115 cigarette butts were collected out of the 11,300 total collected waste items (cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic and foam containers, plastic and metal bottle caps, plastic lids, straws/stirrers, utensils, fishing gear, packaging materials, hygiene essentials, other trash).
Caramoan Mayor Marilyn H. Co stressed the importance of achieving a smoke-free Caramoan.
“Tayo ay nagtipun-tipon ngayon para sa malaking okasyon which is also benchmarking of a smoke-free Caramoan. Alam nating lahat, lalo na ang mga kabataan, ang problema ng ating kapaligiran. Tigilan natin ang paninigarilyo and let’s have a smoke-free Caramoan.”
The launching of the Smoke-Free Beaches Campaign in Caramoan is the 4th leg in the Philippines following Boracay, Palawan, and Aklan.
The eight-month Smoke-Free Campaign for beaches, parks, and tourist destinations in the Philippines aims to raise awareness on protecting beaches like Caramoan from the ill-effects of smoking and to promote smoke-free environments free of cigarette butts.