By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang on Sunday said the implementation of Executive Order No. 26 (EO 26) or the Nationwide Smoking Ban signals the coming of a tobacco-free future.
President Duterte signed EO 26 on May 16, 2017. It took effect today.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a statement, said the EO is a milestone which shows that the government gives priority to the right to protect public health.
“The implementation of this EO is a realization of our dream of a tobacco-free future,” Abella said Sunday afternoon.
He likewise encouraged the public to cooperate and support the full implementation of the executive order by the Department of Health (DOH) and the different local government units (LGUs)
“Together, let us give our full cooperation and support to the smoke-free establishments in public and enclosed places,” Abella said.
Under the EO, smoking while in enclosed public places and transportation servicing the general population, whether stationary or in motion, except designated smoking areas (DSAs) is declared unlawful.
It is also prohibited to sell tobacco products to a minor and minors are also prohibited to sell or buy such.
Having a minor use, light up, buy, sell, distribute, deliver, advertise, or promote tobacco products is also declared unlawful.
Selling or distributing and promoting or advertising tobacco products in places frequented by minors or within 100 meters of such locations is also prohibited.
These locations include schools, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for minors.
DSAs, meanwhile, shall not have any opening that would allow air to escape to a smoke-free area except for a single door and shall not be located in or within 10 meters from entrances, exits, or any place where people pass or congregate, or in front of air intake ducts.
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