HealthJustice is a public health think tank that aims to bridge the gap between health and law to empower Filipinos to make healthy choices. The founding members of HealthJustice include doctors, lawyers, and economists who have been recognized for their services in both the private and public sector. Armed with the wealth of experience in promoting policy change in the fields of health, environment, and human rights, HealthJustice serves as a vehicle for Filipinos to be free from health risks through appropriate health policies.
Started 3 petitions
Sign the Nationwide Smoking Ban Executive Order NOW for a Smoke-Free Philippines!
Nasaan na ang pinangakong Executive Order on nationwide smoking ban? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte promised a nationwide smoking ban as early as May 2016, and then he repeated his campaign vow in September last year. The draft executive order has been ready for his signature since October, but still hasn't been released. So where is it now? How will we make the Philippines truly smoke-free and tobacco-free? At least 240 Filipinos die every day from smoking-related diseases. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases a non-smoker’s chance of developing lung cancer by 20% to 30%. No amount of secondhand smoke will ever be safe, and no one should be permitted to irresponsibly place other people’s lives and health in peril by exposing them to secondhand smoke. We must lose no time in providing a smoke-free environment for our children and families, and the nationwide smoking ban will help us save more lives! Protektahan ang kalusugan ng buong sambayanan! Pangulong Duterte, pirmahan na ang Executive Order para sa Smoke-Free Pilipinas! Also support Buerger's Disease Sufferer Alex Tacadao's letter here!
Make a video encouraging your fans to say no to cigarettes and say, “Time’s Up, Tobacco!”
YOLO — you only live once. So why smoke and cut your life short? When it comes to smoking, you start young, you die young. There’s nothing cool about it. Studies show that a staggering 90% of adult smokers started smoking as teens or younger. No wonder the tobacco companies’ sneaky advertisements and marketing tactics are now aimed at us, the youth. They know that once we start, we will be their steady customers for the rest of our lives. According to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey, a school-based survey for Filipinos aged 13-15, 13.7% of students are already smoking any form of tobacco and 8.9% currently smoke cigarettes. Crazy. This is why we’d like to call on our role models to step up for us Filipino high school and college students whom the tobacco companies are trying get hooked on their deadly product. We believe the UAAP athletes are in the best position to influence millions of us teens across the Philippines by making a stand against smoking. Every Maroon, Bulldog, Warrior, Eagle, Archer, Tiger, Tamaraw, and Falcon are the epitome of discipline, fitness, hard work, and determination. They are excellent role models who can show that making the most out of our teenage lives, being cool, popular and adventurous does not involve lighting up a cigarette. This is a special shout-out to all UAAP varsity teams — Please join the “Time’s Up, Tobacco!” campaign by making a video telling Filipino students that we are the generation who will stop and end the tobacco epidemic. National movers and shakers like Sen. Pia Cayetano, Prof. Winnie Monsod, Tado Jimenez (+), Patty Laurel, Fr. Robert Reyes, and Charie Villa have already participated in this project. UAAP athletes, will you please join our campaign? UAAP, while you bring pride to our schools, we believe that you can also make greater impact on the Filipino youth and lead them towards a healthy and tobacco-free lifestyle. So who will be the first team to stand up against smoking? Will it be your team? Upload your videos on Youtube and share the link with us on Twitter @TimesUpTobacco or Facebook with the hashtags #TimesUpTobacco and #YOLOsmokefree. You can also visit our website for more information. Thank you! -- Arvin Maceda, 21, University of the Philippines-Manila student and HealthJustice Intern, Batch 2014
Keep Graphic Health Warning Law Free of Tobacco Industry Control
GOOD NEWS: Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have identified picture-based health warnings on cigarette packs as an urgent priority measure and agreed to pass it before this session's adjournment next week. BAD NEWS: The tobacco industry proposes small warnings placed at the bottom of cigarette packs, and have demanded to participate in the implementation of this new law through the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-T). LET US NOT BE FOOLED. WHAT CAN WE DO: Large, full-color, and hard-hitting pictures that clearly show the health harms of tobacco use will effectively warn smokers, discourage young non-smokers from starting, help reduce tobacco use, and contribute, in the long run, to improving public health and reducing poverty. Neighboring countries require such pictorial warnings: Brunei (75% of the front and back of cigarette packs), Thailand (55% front and back), Malaysia (50% front and 60% back), and Singapore, Vietnam, and Hong Kong (50% front and back). THESE COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY TO PARTICIPATE IN IMPLEMENTING THEIR HEALTH LAWS. To defend the welfare of the Filipino people, Senator Pia Cayetano has FIRMLY rejected Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s proposal to appoint the IAC-T instead of the Department of Health (DOH) as the body mandated to draw up the guidelines for the measure, including the templates for the picture-based health warnings that must be followed by tobacco manufacturers. WE NEED MORE STRONG HEALTH CHAMPIONS LIKE SEN. PIA CAYETANO! As advocates for public health and social justice, let us all support Senate Bill 27 of Sen. Pia Cayetano and call on other lawmakers to defend her version of bill during the bicameral conference committee meeting that will be held TODAY: JUNE 6, 2014! Let us all together urgently call on our legislators to affirm the Philippine commitment to protect and promote the fundamental rights to health and life and to reject the tobacco industry's unreasonable proposals. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. IT IS TIME FOR US TO BE HEARD: THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY SHOULD KEEP ITS HANDS OFF OUR LAW!