Nationwide smoking ban likely to become official this month

Smokers, better take note.


( President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to impose a nationwide smoking ban similar to the one in Davao City will soon become official. According to Health Sec. Paulyn Ubial, they are only waiting for the president to sign the corresponding executive order, Philstar reported. “We already submitted the draft executive order and the President will probably sign it within October,” she said.


Under the ban, all public places including restaurants and bars are expected to be smoke-free. “There will be no smoking in public places anymore, whether indoor or outdoor. Parks, bus stations, and even in vehicles. All these are considered public places,” Ubial said.


Quezon 4th District Rep. Angelina Tan earlier filed a bill in Congress that aims to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21 years old. The nationwide smoking ban was one of Duterte’s promises during the May elections.

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