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DOH: Smoking ban enforcement wanting

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By Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce

The implementation of the nationwide smoking ban remains to be a challenge for the government three months after Executive Order (EO) No. 26 was implemented, the Department of Health (DOH) lamented yesterday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III admitted that the full and effective implementation of EO 26 is still posing challenges, especially at the local government units (LGU) level.

“It is easy to have an EO but the success of its implementation is another story,” Duque noted.

“We want to know what are the real implementation challenges,” he added.

The EO, which took effect last July, prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and public conveyances, except in designated smoking areas.

The newly-appointed DOH chief intends to determine how to better implement the order.

He is set to hold dialogues with LGUs that have had success in implementing tobacco control policies.

“We will talk to the experts of this program, such as Davao and Makati, those who have attained success with their respective smoking ban implementation,”  Duque said.

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