(From BusinessWorld (Philippines))
Byline: Anna Barbara L. Lorenzo
According to recent studies in the Philippines, 50% of men, 18% of women, and 33% of youth are smokers.
The figures are bound to escalate with the lack of information on the dangers of smoking, continuous showing of cigarette advertisements, and the cheap price of cigarette in the country.
As the number of smokers increase, especially in the younger generation, the number of people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) also rises.
Data from Boehringer Ingelheim and Pfizer, Inc. show between 5% and 6% of the adult population (30 years old and …