According to ABS-CBN News on January 4, the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) has officially acknowledged that some students view smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes as a way to cope with stress, and plans to put a stop to this phenomenon by developing some programs .
DepEd Assistant Secretary Dr. Dexter Galban pointed out that e-cigarettes are as harmful as traditional tobacco products because they deliver nicotine to the body and are highly addictive.
To this end, DepEd is committed to creating healthy coping mechanisms by launching programs and programs that emphasize that students do not need to rely on these products for happiness, confidence, and stress reduction.
Galban revealed that DepEd will also launch more sports and mental health programs and strengthen ties with government agencies and non-governmental organizations to better protect youths from this adverse impact.
Regarding marketing, Galban said anti-tobacco advocates must remain active because smoking companies are often good at using media and marketing to attract younger consumers.
He also added that DepEd has already issued relevant smoking bans and is expected to issue stricter policy guidelines that will integrate DepEd’s substance abuse prevention programs to focus more comprehensively on the lives and well-being of students.