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Casinos found most common violators of smoking ban

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by Charina Clarisse Echaluce

Casinos have been found to be the most common violators of the nationwide smoking ban, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance-Philippines (FCAP) disclosed yesterday.

Weeks since the start of the implementation of the Executive Order (EO) 26 or the “Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places”, FCAP Executive Director Maricar Limpin said casinos are the most common establishments that have been reported to them for not strictly implementing the EO.

“Based on the reports we have been getting, it is the casinos. This is where many violators are being seen,” Limpin stated.

The official said such could be because of the fact that many casino operators are foreigners.

“They have to understand that they are in the Philippines. They have to follow our laws here in the country. They are foreign-owned so they could be thinking that they are exempted. But they are not,” Limpin stressed.

The implementation of the EO 26 was signed by President Duterte last May 16 and officially took effect last July 23.

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  • Smith_90125

    When the economic effects are tallied in a year (alcohol sales, other tax revenues) the Philippines will find the same results seen in Thailand, Italy, Spain, England, Cyprus, Ireland, Canada, the US, Australia and many other places. Revenues either stayed the same or they went UP. There is not single unbiased study (i.e. not funded by cigarette companies) which has shown a decrease in revenues (Source: British Medical Journal, CDC and NIH in the US).

    It is a myth that smoking bans hurt businesses. The only “harm” is fines, and that’s due to businesses breaking the law, NOT the smoking ban itself.