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Executive Order On Nationwide Smoking Ban To

Sign By President Duterte


RA 8749 - CLEAN AIR ACT (1999) and its IRR

RA 8749, Section 24. Pollution From Smoking.- Smoking inside a public building or an
enclosed public place including public vehicles and other means of transport or in any
enclosed area outside of one's private residence, private place of work or any duly
designated smoking area is hereby prohibited under this Act. This provision shall be
implemented by the LGU's.
IRR, RULE XXIX, Section 1. Ban on Smoking.- The Local Government Units (LGU's) shall within six (6)
months from the effectivity of these Implementing Rules and Regulations, implement or enforce a ban
on smoking inside a public building or in any enclosed area outside of one's private residence, private
place of work or any duly designated smoking area which shall be enclosed.
Penalty: IRR RULE LVI Section 5. Smoking in Public Places. - Any person who smokes inside a public
building or an enclosed public place, including public utility vehicles or other means of public transport
or in any enclosed area outside of his private residence, private place of work or any duly designated
smoking area shall be punished with six (6) months and one (1) day to one (1) year imprisonment or a
fine of ten thousand pesos (P 10,000.00)
Nationwide Smoking Ban
President Rodrigo Duterte was about to sign the Executive
Order (EO) or nationwide smoking ban, according to
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.
On Tuesday morning (March 07, 2017), Abella said that
the president will soon sign the revised draft of the EO,
which will prohibit the smokers to smoke in public places.
The revised EO prepared by the Department of Health
(DOH) was already on the desk of the president.
Aside from prohibiting the smokers to smoke outdoor, the
new EO will also ban them from smoking indoor as long as
it was considered as a public place. The EO aims to
implement a smoking ban to make smoke-free public
places for the safety of everyone.
The new executive order will mandate all the government
agencies to implement the smoking ban not only in Metro
Manila but throughout the entire Philippines.
no smoking would be allowed in public places, whether
indoor or outdoor.
"Parks, bus stations, and even in vehicles. All these are
considered public places,". The law would apply only to
public vehicles.
Designated smoking areas will be set up, at least 10
meters (33 feet) outside buildings, according to a draft of
the executive order
The nationwide ban is set to be among the strictest no-
smoking laws in Southeast Asia, experts say. The region is
home to nearly 10 percent of the world's smokers and
while most countries have partial smoking bans in place,
enforcement is often lax.
The Philippines ban will also cover 'vaping' or the use of
electronic cigarettes.
http://www.doh.gov.ph/node/64
On April 10, the FDA issued an advisory saying the electronic- (e-)
cigarette is not a proven nicotine replacement therapy and reiterating
the WHO's statement that there is no scientific evidence to confirm the
products safety and efficacy. The e-cigarette is increasingly becoming
popular among Filipinos, particularly the youth, as the number of
public places that prohibit smoking is increasing and the recent higher
tobacco taxes in the country make smoking more expensive. A week
after, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) urged local
government units to enact ordinances regulating the sale and use of e-
cigarettes in respective localities.
DOH wants e-cig, vapes covered by smoking ban

DOH spokesman Eric Tayag said the agencys proposed


executive order for the smoking ban includes e-cigs and
vapes, although Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco
Regulation Act of 2003 did not cover these. There is now
evidence that they are also threats to our health, so they
should be included in the ban, Tayag said