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DOH: Nationwide smoking ban to take effect on July 23, 2017

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By Charina Clarisse Echaluce

The nationwide smoking ban in the country will be implemented starting July 23, 2017 and not July 15, 2017, the Department of Health (DOH) clarified on Friday.

A smoker lights a cigarette along EDSA in Quezon City, MArch 7, 2017. President Duterte will sign an Executive ORder that prohibits smoking in public areas nationwide. (Mark Balmores)

(Mark Balmores / Manila Bulletin)

Health Spokesperson Eric Tayag explained that the Executive Order (EO) 26, signed by President Duterte, will take effect 60 days after its publication in major publications.

“July 23, kasi when we checked, it was published May 24. The effectivity of the EO is 60 days after publication not after signing,” Tayag clarified.

Tayag was earlier quoted as saying that that implementation will start on July 15, 2017.

With the EO to take effect soon, the public as well as different establishments were advised to implement the EO starting on the aforementioned date – or risk being among the first offenders to be penalized.

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  • wildmonk

    Kasama ba ang Marawi sa ban?

  • Juan Barili

    Makes about equal common sense as the ban on birth control. Stupidola to the max. We cant even clear our streets of rebels or even illegally parked cars and vendors.

  • Curtis Acton

    Amazing can’t get the LTO to get licenses out. Can’t control the traffic. Can’t enforce the open fire law. And they are going to ban smoking. Just another law that will be ignored.