Smoking still allowed on streets and in open places according to law, say tobacco companies
(SPOT.ph) Tobacco companies want further clarification of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) recently implemented smoking ban, reports ABS-CBN News. According to the companies, Republic Act 9211 allows smoking on streets and other non-enclosed spaces.
RA 9211, according to ABS-CBN News, prohibits smoking in places such as: centers of youth activity (schools, recreational facilities, and playgrounds), elevators and stairwells, areas with fire hazards, medical and scientific buildings, public conveyance and public facilities, and food preparation areas. However, the law also stated that smoking is allowed provided there are separate smoking areas. Smoking areas, it defines, "may be in an open space or separate area with proper ventilation, but shall not be located within the same room that has been designated as a non-smoking area."
Chris Nelson, president of Philip Morris and Forune Tobacco, told ANC's Top Story yesterday, July 6, that the republic act has its restrictions, "but smoking in open and non-enclosed spaces is allowed." He added that the congressman representing tobacco-growing areas has already met with MMDA chair Francis Tolentino seeking for clarification.
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