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Duterte to ‘study’ nationwide smoking ban EO

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By Genalyn Kabiling

The draft executive order on the nationwide smoking ban has reached his desk but President Rodrigo Duterte is still inclined to further study the proposal.

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)

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)

“I’m measuring the resistance so whether I can compromise,” the President said in a media interview when asked if he has signed the EO on the smoking ban.

“Just give me enough time to study,” Duterte added.

The President raised some questions about the draft EO, particularly the provision on the proposed smoking areas inside buildings. He said such provision was “not adopted” in the ordinance of Davao City that banned smoking in all public places.

“For example, smoking areas inside building. We did not adopt in our ordinance because ganon din papasok so but there are a lot of dynamics there,” he said.

Duterte said he was supposed to sign the EO this week, adding Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial was trying to “hurry the measure.”

“But I said Davao is different from all the rest of the nation so I have to be very careful in trying to navigate the way how I can present it to the public,” he added.

Duterte said he would still get the view of the medical sector on the proposed smoking ban.

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  • maverich

    how about a soft implementation in some places? with this, real data will come to term with your decisions.

    • Flying Cat

      a nice suggestion but will it be heared

  • anne_mobile

    Hindi sa enclosed spaces. Kung may rooftop yung building doon na lang sila kesa sa harap ng buildings. I’m referring to BPO smokers. Irony of ironies. Kailangan nila ang boses nila and yet anlakas nila maglason. Tsk tsk tsk…

    Implementation ang magiging hamon dito talaga. Sana maging klaro ang lahat once na mapirmahan. Para rin naman sa ikaaayos to ng kalusugan ng lahat.

    • Flying Cat

      an air purifier would be much more logical if they really want to do it indoors
      still not every company can afford to put one
      and yeah implementation would be the problem here especially on the areas where you can’t even determine which is the public area and resident area
      but killing them would be another way to solve the problem XD

  • darth baul

    designated smoking area perhaps? unless we can provide an alternative for smoking… do we have a study at least on what are the effects of total smoking ban for the workers under constant stress… physically it must be positive but mentally… i’m not sure… smoking has become a stress reliever for a lot of workers…