Sara fully supports President’s smoking ban

MAYOR Sara Duterte-Carpio has fully supported the executive order signed by her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, banning smoking in certain areas.

Carpio said that the ban is another welcome development for the country with regard to the intervention of the increasing smoking addiction.

Patterned after the city’s own anti-smoking ban, Duterte signed on Tuesday Executive Order No. 26, which aims for the “establishment of smoke-free environments in public and enclosed places.”

The smoking ban is imposed in all enclosed public places and public conveyances all over the country, whether stationary or in motion, unless identified as Designated Smoking Areas (DSA).

It also bans any person from selling, distributing or purchasing tobacco products to and from minors.

Under the EO, the president has ordered for the creation of a smoke-free task force in all cities and municipalities all over the country to carry out the provisions of the order.

Members of the Philippine National Police and the task force are directed to apprehend the violators and the institutions of the proceedings as stated on the provision of the order.

Currently in Davao City, there is an Anti-Smoking Task Force tasked by the local government to inspect and monitor compliance of all places covered by the Anti-Smoking Ordinance of the city.

Further, the president ordered the local government units, particularly the respective city or municipal health officer, in coordination with the Department of Health to develop, promote, and implement their respective Local Smoking Cessation Programs consistent with the National Smoking Cessation Program established pursuant to RA 9211 (Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003).

The order also directs the LGU’s to encourage the participation of public and private facilities which may be able to provide for the requirements of the program.

Meanwhile, those who are willing to quit and those who are found violating the order may be referred to the Local Cessation Program and its facilities.

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