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Grade 10 student nabbed for smoking assaults Baguio cop
by Harley F. Palangchao

A 19-year-old grade 10 student in Baguio has been charged for assaulting persons in authority and for violating the Smoke Free Ordinance even while inside a police station.

A report from the Baguio City Police Office Station 7 showed that student Albert F. Castillo punched PO3 Eric Bainan on the chest when the officer questioned the former when he lit a cigarette while locked up in the temporary cell of Station 7.

Castillo was earlier brought to Station 7 for violation of the Smoke Free Ordinance.

The police smelled cigarette smoke coming from the cell prompting them to verify who was smoking at the time. It turned out that it was Castillo.

When questioned about his act, Castillo allegedly shouted at the police saying, “Pulis lang kayo, gago kayo” before punching Bainan on his chest.

Other policemen on-duty pacified the student while struggling to harm the police officer.

Two weeks ago, Mayor Mauricio Domogan announced the citywide implementation of the Smoke Free Ordinance, as the city police has already been issued citation tickets against those violating the ordinance that took effect in May.

Those who smoke or vape are fined  P1,000; P2,000; P3,000 for the first, second, and third offenses, respectively.

From May to Nov. 15, the BCPO has accosted 714 individuals for violating the ordinance.

The Smoke-Free Ordinance prohibits vaping, sale, use, distribution and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products in certain places.

The City Health Services Office reported recently that a survey on adult tobacco use done on 1,433 students by students of Saint Louis University School of Medicine showed that 26.66 percent of boys think that if they smoke, they have more friends; while 19.47 percent of girls think that they if they smoke, they have more friends.

The survey also showed that in Baguio, there are more women smokers than men. The CHSO said 32.1 percent of men and 35.8 percent of women smoke. Overall, 34 percent smoke – this is higher than the national average of 23 percent.

Data from the CHSO shows that the leading causes of death in Baguio are related to smoking: stroke, heart diseases, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


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