LEGAZPI CITY: The Philippines through the people of Albay bagged the a world record for the largest human ‘no smoking’ sign after tens of thousands people from all walks of life formed the logo against tobacco use, the World Record Academy reported.
The biggest “human no smoking sign” was formed by 13,892 Albayanos from all walks of like wearing red, white and black long-sleeved shirts with hood held at Bicol University of Legazpi football field on June 28, 2013.
According to the World Record Academy website, the Philippines through the people of Albay marked the “world’s largest human no smoking sign.”
The attempt to make it to the Guinness World Records was spearheaded by the provincial government of Albay led by governor Joey Salceda. Too, it aims to raise awareness on the hazards cigarette smoking poses to human health and the environment.
Participants include students from various public and private schools, teachers from Department of Education, composite teams from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, employees from national government agencies, civic organizations and the tri-media in Albay.
“Still waiting for Guinness, but another record monitoring body has pronounced Albay’s Human No Smoking Logo as a new world record,” Salceda told The Manila Times.
Salceda said the world record attempt is also a gesture to show the world that it is possible for Albay to be totally a tobacco-free community.
Cancer, heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases are considered as the top four tobacco-related diseases based on the report of Department of Health Bicol.
Acute respiratory infection is the leading killer disease in Bicol with 285,107 recorded cases according to 2010 records of the Department of Health.
Second top killer ailment is hypertension with 44,266 cases and influenza with 33,249 cases. Other respiratory diseases make it to the list including bronchitis, bronchiolitis, acute lower track infection and pneumonia and asthma, the health department reported.
Citing records, Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo of Southeast Asia Tobacco Control told The Manila Times that at least 87,000 Filipinos die annually from smoking-related ailments since 2006
“With 87,000 Filipinos dying every year due to smoking, we’re losing P177 billion a year from taxes because the victims die within their productive years—40 to 50 years old,” Dorotheo told The Manila Times.