By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
The executive order (EO) on smoking ban is now at the table of President Rodrigo Duterte, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial disclosed.
In a press conference, Ubial noted that the EO smoke-free Philippines is now ready for signing, after the numerous “cleansing” done at the Office of the Executive Secretary.
“Everything has been done already and it is now in the table of the president for signing. We were told that the President is set to sign it after his trips abroad,” she stated.
Despite the positive outcome of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2015, the DOH continues to search for ways to lower the number of smokers even more.
“There are still too many Filipinos who shell out substantial amount of their monthly income to support their smoking habit. There is still much to be done in our country’s efforts to limit and curtail tobacco use, especially for the economically-disadvantaged countrymen,” said the DOH head.
This is also the reason why the DOH has been strongly pushing for the complete ban on cigarette smoking in public places nationwide.
“The DOH stands firmly behind all initiatives that impose smoking bans in public places, where non-smokers become unwillingly exposed to second-hand smoke,” said Ubial.