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Duterte to sign smoking ban EO Tuesday


By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Rodrigo Duterte is poised to sign the Executive Order (EO) on the nationwide smoking ban, Tuesday, March 7.

Smoking ban (AFP Photo/Noel Celis) / MANILA BULLETIN

Smoking ban (AFP Photo/Noel Celis) / Manila Bulletin File Photo

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said Duterte expressed his intention to sign the said EO during the 13th Cabinet meeting Monday afternoon.

“[The President] said he will sign it tomorrow,” Piñol, who was present in the said meeting, said.

Piñol added that Duterte told Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Ubial that he will sign the said draft EO as is.

“He told Secretary Ubial to stick to the draft EO which DOH prepared,” he said.

DOH first submitted a draft EO for the nationwide smoking ban, based on the same one being implemented in Davao City last October, 2016.

It was supposed to be signed by the President as early as last year but Ubial admitted that the first draft they submitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary ‘got lost’.

“It has been reviewed by the legal staff of the Executive Secretary. But when we followed it up with the office, it seems they lost a copy,” she added.

If implemented without changes, the EO states that cigarette smoking is set to be prohibited in all public places in the country much like what is being implemented in Davao City.

Then-Mayor Duterte was known to aggressively implement an anti-smoking ordinance in Davao City.

The implementation of the smoking ban, meanwhile, was widely supported by netizens. Even self-confessed smokers commended the President’s effort to promote health and reduce air pollution.

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(With a report from MB Online)

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  • freedash22

    So does this EO cover Vape?

  • Yolanda Santos

    Killer Idioterte gets it right on this one.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Yes he is right,
      but junk-food is full of sugar, salt, and chemicals
      to produce a stronger addiction than Cocaine.
      Short term result is overweight,
      high-blood, diabetes, and cancers.

      Tobacco give “usually” Cancer and high-blood
      after 40 years of regular consumption…

      If he cares the population health he will
      promote organic brown rice,
      and heavy taxes on sugar and soft-drinks.

      But he only cares his addiction to kill and steal
      alike all Marcoses and most Politicians
      and Officials, an RP Deadly major sickness !

  • Isabella Lunasco

    Well then, I guess I won’t even go out anymore.

  • anne_mobile

    Implementation ang pinakamalaking hamon nyan. Yung mismong mga pulis at traffic enforcer nagyoyosi habang naka-duty. Dapat nga yun bawal din kasi nakikita sila ng mga bata.