President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has finally signed an Executive Order which prohibits smoking in public places nationwide. Executive Order No. 26 “Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places” was signed last May 16. It will take effect 60 days after publication in newspapers of national circulation.
Section 3 of EO 26 lists down the prohibited acts as follows:
- Smoking within enclosed public places and public conveyances, whether stationary or in motion, except in designated smoking areas (DSAs)
- Allowing, abetting, or tolerating smoking in prohibited areas
- Smoking, selling, or buying tobacco products by minors
- Selling, distributing, or purchasing tobacco products while using the defense that one didn’t know the real age of a minor or didn’t know nor had any reason to believe that the product would be consumed by a minor
- Ordering, instructing, or compelling a minor to use, light up, buy, sell, distribute, deliver, advertise, or promote tobacco products
- Selling or distributing tobacco products in a school, public playground, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for minors, including those frequented by minors, or within 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of these places
- Placing, posting, displaying, or distributing advertisement and promotional materials of tobacco products, such as but not limited to leaflets, posters, display structures, and other materials within 10 meters from the perimeter of a school, public playground, and other facilities frequented particularly by minors, hostel, and recreational facilities for minors, including those frequented by them, or in an establishment when its location is prohibited from selling tobacco products
- Placing any form of tobacco advertisement outside of the premises of point-of-sale retail establishments
- Placing any stall, booth, and other displays concerning tobacco promotions to areas outside the premises of point-of-sale locations or adult-only facilities
However, EO 26 bars the establishment of DSAs in schools, hospitals, clinics, food preparation areas, and other locations in which fire hazards are present.
Those found violating EO 26 will be penalized in accordance to Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.
Read EO 26 in full below (from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/897641/duterte-signs-eo-on-smoking-ban).