UNP CMed observes World No Tobacco Day


The University of Northern Philippines (UNP) College of Medicine (CMED) recently observed World No Tobacco Day on May 31, 2024 at the UNP Auditorium. This annual event, declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to raise awareness about the devastating health impacts of tobacco and tobacco products.

The theme for this year’s activity was “Protecting Children from Tobacco Industry Interference,” highlighting the need to shield young people from harmful tobacco and nicotine products and the deceptive marketing strategies employed by the tobacco industry. It provided a platform for students and faculty to discuss the dangers of tobacco use and the importance of tobacco control measures.

The event stressed the need for robust regulations and stringent controls on marketing strategies to protect children from these harmful products. Dr. Rochelle Carta, resident Neonatologist, discussed the Effects of Smoking in the Newborn, while Dr. Jeff Leal talked about the Perioperative Risks of the Smoker Patient.

The UNP College of Medicine, through its Future Physicians’ Circle (FPC), actively participated in the activity, engaging students in discussions and activities, such as poster making contest and the lay forum, which focused on tobacco control. The event reinforced the importance of tobacco control measures, like free anti-pneumonia vaccination and the role of healthcare professionals in promoting healthy lifestyles.

Article by Rocelle Villanueva



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