Smoking ban comes into force in the Philippines

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Hard times for smokers in the Philippines began on July 23 when a nationwide smoking ban decree signed by President Rodrigo Duterte back in May came into effect.

The ban establishes no smoking areas in public places, both indoor and outdoor, such as schools, recreational facilities, elevators, stairwells, areas with fire hazards, hospitals, clinics and food preparation areas, and also regulates selling of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Noncompliance carries a maximum penalty of four months in jail and a fine of up to 10,000 pesos (approx. $270) for individuals and up to 200,000 pesos (approx. $4,000) for establishments for repeated offenses.

Among other deeds considered unlawful are smoking, selling or buying tobacco products by minors; instructing a minor to smoke, buy or sell tobacco products and selling or distributing tobacco products in a school or public playground.

Under the new ban, designated smoking areas will be provided, which will be open and separated spaces with proper ventilation.

Duterte initiated a smoking ban in Davao City when he was mayor. He vowed to implement a nationwide ban, citing smoking’s hazardous effect on the body.

“The implementation of this executive order is a realisation of our dream of a tobacco-free future,” Philippine presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

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Hard times for smokers in the Philippines began on July 23 when a nationwide smoking ban decree signed by President Rodrigo Duterte back in May came into effect.

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Hard times for smokers in the Philippines began on July 23 when a nationwide smoking ban decree signed by President Rodrigo Duterte back in May came into effect.

The ban establishes no smoking areas in public places, both indoor and outdoor, such as schools, recreational facilities, elevators, stairwells, areas with fire hazards, hospitals, clinics and food preparation areas, and also regulates selling of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Noncompliance carries a maximum penalty of four months in jail and a fine of up to 10,000 pesos (approx. $270) for individuals and up to 200,000 pesos (approx. $4,000) for establishments for repeated offenses.

Among other deeds considered unlawful are smoking, selling or buying tobacco products by minors; instructing a minor to smoke, buy or sell tobacco products and selling or distributing tobacco products in a school or public playground.

Under the new ban, designated smoking areas will be provided, which will be open and separated spaces with proper ventilation.

Duterte initiated a smoking ban in Davao City when he was mayor. He vowed to implement a nationwide ban, citing smoking’s hazardous effect on the body.

“The implementation of this executive order is a realisation of our dream of a tobacco-free future,” Philippine presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

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