The Smoke-Free Task Force in Cagayan de Oro City is set to begin a 45-day massive info drive on the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 26 which prohibits smoking in public places. The Task Force is set to pass a local ordinance in relation to EO 26. Full implementation is expected after the info campaign from August 16 to September 30.
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.
Violators will be penalized in accordance to Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.