The Baguio City Smoke-Free Task Force, along with the city officials and the Baguio youth, destroyed around P2.3 million worth of cigarettes confiscated from violators of the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance on Monday, January 25, 2021.
The Task Force crushed 183.3 kilograms of cigarettes, 72.5 kilograms of momma with tobacco, 25 units of electronic nicotine devices, and promotional materials such as ash trays and display racks during the Baguio City flag ceremony. These items were confiscated from individual and establishment violators during enforcement operations.
The crushing of confiscated cigarettes was done as a testament of the city’s commitment of making Baguio Smoke-Free by strongly implementing the anti-smoking ordinance.
“Baguio City is now recognized as the top implementer of the Smoke-Free program at the national level and recipient of the prestigious DOH Red Orchid Award for the past two consecutive years,” said Councilor Joel Alangsab, City Councilor and Chairperson of the City Committee on Health and Sanitation.
He added that the fines collected from violations were used to purchase nicotine-replacement pastilles and were given for free to those who want to quit smoking.
“We are planning to strengthen the monthly compliance monitoring system for the Smoke-Free Baguio City Ordinance through the inspection of establishments and buildings, particularly on the provisions on Tobacco Advertisement and Promotions ban and access restriction, inspection of public conveyances and public terminals, healthcare and government facilities,” said Dr. Rowena Galpo, City Health Officer and Vice Chairperson of the Smoke-Free Task Force.
Compliance monitoring, distribution of IEC materials, advocacy activities, and massive information campaign in communities are some of the strategies that the city, through the Smoke-Free Baguio Project, has done to make Baguio City a model city in pushing for a Smoke-Free environment.
Smoke-Free Baguio launches an online contest for the Baguio youth as its final activity for the year. The Baguio youth are highly encouraged to participate the contest and winners will receive cash prizes and recognition for their works. The said activity is part of Smoke-Free Baguio’s seed grant for barangays.
The theme for the Young Creators’ Contest is the role of the youth in the anti-smoking program of Baguio City. Our tagline is “Sigaw ng Kabataan, para yosi ay maiwasan.”The contest is open to the Baguio youth (15-24 years old). Contests include essay/short story writing, poster making/digital art, songwriting and music video production, and short film production. The Young Creators’ Contest will run for the whole December and awarding will be done next year.
The contest is also endorsed by Councilors Joel Alangsab and Levy Orcales. SK officials are encouraged to share the activity to their constituents. To get access of the document of the contest and endorsement letter of the councilors, you may contact us through phone (0961 224 0783) or email (email@example.com).
The Baguio City Smoke-Free Community and City Task Force are conducting Instruction, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns to increase awareness among the constituents regarding the Ordinance 34 s 2017 (Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance) and the ill effects of smoking and vaping in the whole City of Baguio.
The main purpose of the Ordinance is to safeguard public health by protecting the people from the harmful effects of smoking, tobacco consumption and vaping and it shall be applied to all residents and visitors in all places within the territorial jurisdiction of Baguio City.
The youth are the target market of the tobacco industry for all for money. According to the Baguio Youth Tobacco Survey (BYTS) 2019, there are 12.3 % current cigarette smokers among 13-15 years old. As young as they are, the Smoke-Free enforcers and advocates want to educate them the danger of smoking and vaping and how it can ruin their health and their future.
In the Smoke-Free Baguio Communication Plan, one of the main target audience of IEC campaigns are the youth. Also, in the Medium Term and Strategic Plan, educating and involving the youth in Smoke-Free activities were identified.
As such, this proposal is prepared to create activities for the young people at the community in the form of a Young Creators’ Contest. The contests will be divided into two categories (individual and group), with two contests in each category. Winners will receive a cash prize and their entries will be used as promotional materials.
The theme will be the role of the youth in the anti-smoking program of Baguio City. Our tagline is “Sigaw ng Kabataan, para yosi ay maiwasan.”
Smoke-Free Baguio City will help the participants by providing resources in Smoke-Free Baguio’s Facebook page (fb.com/smokefreebaguiocity) and Smoke-Free Baguio’s website (www.smokefreebaguio.com) during the contest proper.
To educate the youth about the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance and the ill effects of smoking/vaping.
To empower the youth to become Smoke-Free champions
To produce Smoke-Free advocacy materials.
Contests and Mechanics
Poster Making/Digital Art Contest
The contest is open to ALL youth (15-24 years old), including amateur or professional artists in Baguio City.
The content of the painting or digital art should be original.
The painting or digital art must be related to the role of the youth in the anti-smoking program of Baguio City.
The painting or digital art must be two-dimensional.
The painting or digital art must not contain any vulgar, inappropriate, or offensive content.
Entries should be submitted in image format (JPEG or PNG).
The required and preferred resolution for the painting or digital art is 2000 x 1200 pixels or higher. The participant can draw the art in a clean paper then take a photo of the art, as long as the image is in good quality.
The participant should include the name of the painting, name of the artist, barangay, and size or dimension. The participant may also submit a short rationale of the painting or digital art.
Essay Writing/Short Story Contest
The contest is open to ALL youth (15-24 years old) in Baguio City.
The content of the essay or short story should be original.
The essay or short story must be related to the role of the youth in the anti-smoking program of Baguio City. It could be discussing the issues, or forwarding the advocacy, or presenting a case study of best practices of the community.
The essay or short story should have a minimum length of 500 words and should not exceed to 1000 words.
The essay or short story must not contain any vulgar, inappropriate, or offensive content.
Entries should be submitted in PDF format. The contestants should also include the name, age and barangay, and a word count at the end of the entry.
Songwriting and Music Video Contest
The contest is open to ALL youth (15-24 years old) including amateur or professional composers, bands, musicians, or individual singers in Baguio City.
The lyrics and melody of the song, and the content of the video should be original.
The song composition must be related to the role of the youth in the anti-smoking program of Baguio City.
The song and video must be three to five (3-5) minutes only.
The song and video must not contain any vulgar, inappropriate, or offensive content.
Entries should be submitted in MP4 format. The contestants should also attach the song in MP3 format, along with the title and lyrics of the song in a Word document format.
The required and preferred specification for the music video is 720p (1280 x 720) or higher. The video can be created using cameras or phones as long as it follows the required and preferred specification.
Short Film Contest
The contest is open to ALL youth (15-24 years old), including amateur or professional filmmakers in Baguio City.
The content of the short film should be original.
The participant can use any genre for their short film (i.e. Documentary, Narrative, Musical, etc.) as long as it tackles the theme in their main story, dialogue, interactions, or visual elements
The short film must be related to the role of the youth in the anti-smoking program of Baguio City.
The short film must be three to five (3-5) minutes only.
The short film must not contain any vulgar, inappropriate, or offensive content. Smoking or vaping should be only filmed for the purpose of dramatization and actual tobacco/ENDS products should not be used.
Entries should be submitted in MP4 format. The contestants should also attach the cast, director, production team, title and rationale of the film in a Word document format.
The required and preferred specification for the music video is 720p (1280 x 720) or higher. The video can be created using cameras or phones as long as it follows the required and preferred specification.
Additional Mechanics and Criteria For Judging:
Entries can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Smoke-Free Baguio City Office (3rd. Floor, Health Services Office, T. Alonzo, Baguio City).
The participant can also join more than one contest.
Once submitted, the individual agrees that: A. Entries will be posted in the Smoke-Free Baguio City Facebook page; B. The winning entry will be used by Smoke-Free Baguio and will be incorporated in Smoke-Free Baguio activities and IEC campaigns. Credit will be given throughout the use of the material.
The contest organizers shall not be responsible for late, lost, damaged, and misdirected submissions.
The judges will choose the winner through the following criteria stated below.
Additional points will be given to the entry with the most engagements on Facebook (reactions, comments, and shares).
These will be the prizes that will be given to every contest:
INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY First Prize: PHP5,000 Second Prize: PHP3,000 Third prize: PHP1,000
GROUP CATEGORY First Prize: PHP10,000 Second Prize: PHP7,000 Third prize: PHP4,000
The winning entries will be credited for their work.
For more information and resources, contact us through our Facebook Page (Smoke-Free Baguio City), Facebook Account (Smoke-Free Baguio), Website (smokefreebaguio.com/contact), Email (email@example.com), or cell phone number (0961 224 0783).
Smoke-Free Baguio City, in cooperation with the Baguio City Health Services Office, City Government of Baguio, and Smoke-Free Benguet – Transcending Institutions and Communities held an MPOWER and Deputization Training seminar for Smoke-Free Task Force members on October 22-23, 2020 in Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City.
The training aimed to strengthen the implementation of the Smoke-Free Baguio City Ordinance, build the capacity of the members using the MPOWER modules, and ensure the commitment of the participants to actively engage in the effective and efficient implementation of the ordinance.
The two-day session was attended by 31 participants from Baguio City Government offices, as well as 17 participants composed of local officials from Tuba, Benguet, and the staff of Smoke-Free Baguio and Smoke-Free Benguet with fund support from The Union.
The training included lectures, case studies, and an action planning session facilitated by different local health and enforcement trainers.
Discussions revolved around the MPOWER module: Monitoring tobacco use and tobacco industry activities; Protecting people from exposure to tobacco smoke; Offering help for smokers and vapers to quit; Warning people about the dangers of tobacco; Enforcing the ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and Raising taxes or prices for tobacco.
The seminar also presented the City Ordinance 34, Series of 2017, much known as the Smoke-Free Baguio City Ordinance, and on how to enforce the said ordinance.
The training focused on the role of the enforcers in implementing and strengthening the ordinance, as well as advocate for a smoke-free city and generation. In addition, it helped clarify and discuss the issues, concerns and suggestions regarding tobacco control and the ordinance. It also facilitated the exchange of opinions and practices with the participants of Smoke-Free Benguet.
For two years, Smoke-Free Baguio has conducted a number of capacity-building trainings with around 500 participants in all the combined trainings. Trainings such as the MPOWER and Deputization have borne fruit in strengthening the Smoke-Free Baguio ordinance, as local communities and even neighbor municipalities embrace the program and advocacy.
To know more about our training, check out our feature article about the MPOWER and Enforcement Training here
-Fill up the citation ticket complete with COMPLETE address USE CARDBOARD -If they are requesting for the further details ask them to write letter addressed to the Mayor as Chairman of the City Smoke-Free Task Force -Ask the violator to sign citation ticket; Issue the yellow ticket –If no violation, congratulate them and commend them for being smoke-free compliant. Note in your form that they are compliant -Post poster or sticker
Conduct of POST MEETING to discuss: -Properly fill up the compliance monitoring form complete all the needed details -Compare the citation tickets to the SF Monitoring Tool -Count all confiscated items and surrender to Smoke-Free Office -Endorse the white ticket to your barangay treasurer or secretary for claiming later of violators. Discuss issues and concerns – document and make proper reports endorsed to the concerned barangay captain -Schedule of next monitoring visit
Submission of monthly report -Fill out Barangay Monitoring Tool -Attach photocopy of SF2 (Compliance Monitoring Tool) -Submit every 5th of the month at the SF office or through here -Barangay should have own copy -Post pictures at Smoke-Free Facebook page to include number of establishments monitored, -Issued citation ticket, violations and individual violators
Prepared and Ready Enforcer -An enforcer must be prepared and ready prior to enforcement.
· Wear Uniform and ID; Bring compliance monitoring form and Citation Ticket
· Bring Pen, tape, plastic or eco bag; Bring IEC materials; Documentation device re: Camera
Enforcement Team -Enforcement is not a one-man job. Everyone in the community can apprehend but only the deputized enforcer can issue a citation ticket. -Every inspection and monitoring MUST be composed of a team: (Any 3)
· Members of the DHST; Sanitary Inspector; Others (identified by the Health District)
Enforcer’s Attitude and Capacity -An enforcer KNOWS the policies. Familiarize self on the ordinance including RA 9211 and EO 26. -An enforcer must be CALM at all times. Maximum tolerance -Safety of enforcers is a priority -Avoid heated arguments -Consider weather conditions when scheduling inspections
How to SPOT violations in an establishment -Ocular survey of the store/establishment. Only enter the store as far as any customer can. Never force your way in. -Check for any tobacco advertisement or promotional materials. -Posters, stickers, ash tray, tissue holders, lamp -Check for open display of tobacco products -Check for opened packs of cigarette that are possibly sold per stick
“PEZA Baguio City Economic Zone, pursuant to its commitment in promoting a healthy balance between eco-industrial development, environmental sustainability and ensuring a green, resilient, safe economic zone, celebrates the National Coastal Clean Up Month (initially scheduled Sept. 29) with the theme “Safe Oceans Start at Home” through the Clean and Fit as You Jog Plogging Activity.
The activity aims to provide continuing program in the protection of inland waterways, promotion of healthy workplace through the revolution smoke-free program, dengue awareness campaign and physical fitness program.
The clean-up drive, in collaboration with LGU Baguio City, EMB WQMA and 2nd Air Reserve Center, was conducted on 06 October 2020 along Loakan Road, BCEZ pocket forests/green buffer zone and adapted Loakan Creek area. It was participated by 60 PEZA-BCEZ,BFP-CLU personnel and service providers.
Solid wastes collected during the clean up activity is at 115.25 kgs. for disposal in the PEZA Material Recovery Facility, WOW Recyling MRF. Scattered bottles and containers with water were drained empty and cigarette butts collected four half-filled 1.5 L PET bottles.”
Press release published by PEZA-BCEZ through Smoke-Free Baguio.
Are you a smoker who plans to quit smoking? We’re here for you!
Smoke-Free Baguio offers a FREE Smoking Cessation Counselling to smokers who are ready to quit smoking! Check our Smoking Cessation Program Primer to know more about our program and how to enroll in our counselling service.
Remember that willingness to quit smoking starts with YOU, and we are just here to help you. We know it’s hard, but you can do it. Do it for your family, your friends, your workmates and most especially, for yourself.STOP smoking and START living!
ASK – Ask and document tobacco use status >If recent quitter (less than six months), prevent relapse: -Congratulate successes -Encourage -Discuss benefits experienced by patient -Address weight gain, negative method, and lack of support >If current user, proceed to ADVISE part
ADVISE – Provide strong, personalized message
ASSESS – Assess readiness to quit in next 30 days >If not ready, increase motivation using 6Rs: -Relevance to personal situation -Risks: short and long-term, environmental -Rewards: potential benefits of quitting -Roadblocks: identify barriers and solutions -Repetition: repeat motivational intervention -Reassess readiness to quit >If ready, proceed to ASSIST part
ASSIST -Negotiate plan -Use STAR* method -Discuss pharmacotherapy -Provide social support -Provide educational materials *STAR method -Set quit date -Tell family, friends, and coworkers -Anticipate challenges: withdrawal, breaks -Remove tobacco from the house, car etc.
ARRANGE – Arrange follow-up to check plan or adjust meds -Call right before and after quit date -Weekly follow-up (for two weeks), then monthly (for six months) -Ask about difficulties (withdrawal, depressed mood, etc.) -Build upon successes -Seek commitment to stay tobacco-free
Those who would want to quit smoking must set an appointment with us so that we can accommodate you. You can message us your name, phone number and preferred schedule to either our Facebook Page, Messenger, text or through email. We are available from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm.
Q: How long do counselling sessions last? A: Our counselling sessions usually last for 1-2 hours
Q: Is the counselling program free? A: Yes, it’s free! Our counselling and nicotine pastilles are free to those who are willing and committed to quit
Q: Who are eligible for the program? A: Smokers who recently quit or smokers who are planning to quit smoking
Q: Is there an age limit for the program? A: The program is for all ages
Q: What do I need to bring? A: You don’t need to bring anything. Just bring yourself and your willingness to quit
Q: Is the counselling face-to-face? A: Yes, but new normal protocols (for COVID-19) will be applied (physical distancing, registration for contact tracing, proper use of face mask and face shield)
Not only that we’re active online, we’re also active on the ground! We coordinate with our barangay officials and enforcers in distributing information materials, monitoring establishments and public transportations, and apprehending violators.
MPRB Barangay Task Force posted anti-smoking stickers on different establishments and homes in MPRB Barangay last Thursday, September 24. They also apprehended two smoking violators in the barangay on Friday, September 25.
Salute to MPRB Barangay Task Force for posting materials in your barangay and for apprehending violators last week! The Smoke-Free Baguio team appreciates your work in your community!
Middle Quirino Hill Barangay Task Force posted anti-smoking stickers on public jeepneys of Quirino Hill last Thursday, September 24. They also cleared and collected cigarette butts along the road last Friday, September 25. They bottled a total of 122 cigarette butts in their activity.
Salute to Middle Quirino Hill Barangay Task Force for posting materials in your barangay and for collecting cigarette butts in your cleanup drive last week! The Smoke-Free Baguio team appreciates your work in your community!
Continue to coordinate with your barangay for more on-the-ground Smoke-Free activities and report to us if you saw any violations so that we can refer them to the barangay and POSD to address your concerns.
Let us help each other especially in this time of pandemic. Let us all work together for a Smoke-Free Baguio City!
Our featured activity for today is Smoke-Free Baguio’s Smoking Cessation Program!
Did you know that 78 percent of the current smokers are planning to quit smoking? This is why we are encouraging you to quit smoking or help those who are planning to quit smoking.
We already know how bad smoking is not just for your health, but also for the health of those around you – your family, friends, neighbors or workmates. Maybe you have come to a point where you planned or tried to quit smoking. For some, their attempts were successful, for others, it was a frustrating or difficult experience. But don’t worry, we are here to help you!
Smoke-Free Baguio offers a FREE Smoking Cessation Counselling for smokers who are ready to quit smoking! We are willing to help you by listening, advising, assessing, assisting and following you up in your quitting journey. Our Smoke Cessation program includes counselling, assessing your nicotine dependence and providing free nicotine pastilles.
Remember that willingness to quit smoking starts with YOU, and we are just here to help you. We know it’s hard, but you can do it. Do it for your family, your friends, your workmates and most especially, for yourself.
Set an appointment with us by messaging us in our Facebook page! You can also message us in our page or in our website for more details about our program.
Smoke-Free Baguio launched #DisiplinaMuna – Curve Smoking and COVID-19 social media campaign last September 22-25, 2020 in Smoke-Free Baguio City Facebook page. The campaign was launched in partnership with International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Baguio City Health Services Office, and the Baguio City Local Government. Ten guidelines were published to remind the citizens of Baguio to follow the ordinance, show respect to others, and work together for a smoke-free Baguio City especially in this time of pandemic.
The ten guidelines were divided into two sections: follow the policies and show respect. These guidelines can be found in the poster with the English translation provided here:
Do not smoke in public places. The smoke in cigarettes have chemicals that can kill you.
Children are not allowed to buy or light cigarettes. Do not show buying, lighting or using cigarettes in front of the children.
Dispose the cigarette butts or filters in the trash. Don’t throw it on the road or squeeze it in a plant or anywhere.
As a sign of respect, stay away from other people if you smoke. Observe physical distancing.
As a sign of respect, avoid talking while smoking to avoid infections of illness especially COVID-19.
As a sign of respect, wash your hands after smoking.
As a sign of respect, wear face mask and face shield immediately after smoking.
As a sign of respect, keep the smoking area clean.
As a sign of respect, avoid using other people’s cigarettes to light your cigarette.
As a sign of respect, bring your own lighter or matches
The Smoke-Free Baguio team however emphasized its stand to constantly remind smokers to stop smoking. The team also reminded the citizens to put their families and others first before themselves, as smoking not only affects the health of the user, but also the health of those around them.
Around 110,800 Facebook users were reached in this campaign, with around 15,800 reached in every post. There are a total of 2,142 engagements, with an average of 306 engagements per post.
In an attempt to reach more people beyond social media, Smoke-Free Baguio is planning to share and reproduce its #DisiplinaMuna campaign materials in print form, and distribute them to different barangays, police stations and media. You can check the materials in our open source folder here. Make sure to inform us when using our materials.
The #DisiplinaMuna campaign was also in-line with Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong’s call for a disciplined Baguio City, as the city becomes a model in contact tracing, COVID-19 testing, and re-opening the economy in time of the pandemic. Baguio City is also known as a Smoke-Free City, due to its anti-smoking ordinance and a strict implementation of its policies.
Smoke-Free Baguio encourages everyone to work together for a smoke-free, COVID-free and disciplined Baguio City! To know more about our programs, you can check our Facebook page here. You can also report violations here. Message us in the website or in our Facebook page if you want to enroll in our smoking cessation counselling program.