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In 2003, the Philippines enacted a smokefree law that restricts smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces. Smoking areas are permitted in most public places other than health care and educational facilities.

In July 2011, Manila implemented a smokefree ordinance for schools, gyms, parks, hospitals, elevators and stairwells of all buildings, buses and bus depots, restaurants, and government facilities.

The city of Las Piñas adopted a smokefree ordinance that covers government workplaces and many public places. The local ordinance is stronger than the national law, but still exempts many private workplaces and all hospitality establishments.

Additionally, the Philippines ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005 and is working towards compliance with the treaty requirements.

Smokefree & Related News

Iloilo City enhances anti-smoking regulation
Sun.Star - April 15, 2014

THE Iloilo City Government is putting more teeth on the implementation of its anti-smoking ordinance by providing a comprehensive measure starting with owners of business establishments.

City joins seminar on tobacco control policy
Sun.Star - April 14, 2014

ALL village chiefs in Iloilo City will join a seminar on tobacco control policies ... an act regulating the packaging, using, selling, and advertising of tobacco products. ... cigarettes to minors in the city, requiring license to sell cigarette and tobacco ...

Anti-smoking ordinance launched in Zambo
Solar News PH - April 7, 2014

Zamboanga City started on Monday, April 7, the implementation of an ordinance that prohibits smoking in public places and other designated areas. The city ...

Legislator pushes picture-based warnings on cigarette packs
Business Mirror - April 5, 2014

Under the measure, the package of every tobacco product must have a ... distributes or displays any tobacco product without ensuring that the tobacco product ...

Abubakar: Smoking ordinance will be in full force by May 31
Zamboanga Today Online - April 1, 2014

District 1 councilor Myra Paz Abubakar revealed that the city's anti-smoking ordinance will already be in full implementation with penalty starting May 31, this ...

Smoke from bingo parlor gets in eyes of toy store clients
GMA News - March 25, 2014

Smokers now need to play bingo elsewhere, as a protest started by toy store ... designate areas for smoking and the smoking areas must have proper ventilation.

Iloilo's anti-smoking drive gets support from Senate
Sun.Star - March 21, 2014

THE Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) campaign against smoking got ... which also ban selling of cigarettes in small number in cafes, restaurants and ...

All about Dabawenyos
Sun.Star - March 13, 2014

There is liquor ban that shortens night life for partygoers and smoking ban that disallows smoking in many places, except for accredited establishments.

Why PH wants an end to the 'Be Marlboro' campaign
Rappler-by Jee Y. Geronimo - March 13, 2014

Findings showed an individual's attitude and impressions about smoking are ... While tobacco advertising in the Philippines has been banned in most media except at ... [The] best way is to push for a comprehensive ban on TAPS [tobacco ...

Tacurong implements anti-smoking ordinance
Yahoo Philippines News March 8, 2014

By the power vested in me as mayor of Tacurong City, I declare Tacurong City a smoke-free city, Montilla said during the recent launching of the ordinance.

Poking fun at the smoking ban
Manila Standard Today March 2, 2014

Are smokers making a big joke of Metro Manila's clean air campaign without fear of getting caught? People on the street wonder if authorities are serious about ...

Tacurong City's anti-smoking ordinance takes effect Feb. 28
Philippine Information Agency - February 7, 2014

TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat, Feb 7 (PIA) -- Starting February 28, 2014, smoking in public places in Tacurong City will be prohibited as the city's ...

City gov't reinforces anti-smoking ordinance, urges public to adhere
Philippine Information Agency - February 5, 2014

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela, February 5 (PIA) The city government here has reinforced the implementation of the City Ordinance No. 7THCC-25 known as the ...

IGACOS enacts anti-smoking ordinance
PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY - January 30, 2014

ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL, January 30, 2014 (PIA) - The City government here enforced the City Ordinance No. 2013-223 known as the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking of the Island Garden City of Samal on January 27.

Smoke-free Iloilo City sought
Sun.Star - January 31, 2014

“Definitely, we are making the city a smoke-free area and even tourists are not allowed to smoke here,” city councilor and Icast Chairman Joshua Alim said.

Anti-smoking campaign in public places yields more violators
Philippine Information Agency - January 19, 2014

DAVAO CITY, Jan 20 (PIA)- An official of the Anti-Smoking Task Force ... the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance despite its enforcement starting June 2013 ...

Comprehensive Anti-smoking Ordinance yields more arrests and ...
Philippine Information Agency November 11, 2013

DAVAO CITY, Nov 11 (PIA) The Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance in the city yielded P.5-Million in penalties and apprehended more than a thousand ...

Epidemiology unit want more teeth in 'smoke free' ordinance
Baguio Midland Courier - October 23, 2013

Allowing and tolerating smoking is also prohibited under the ordinance and so is selling and distribution of tobacco products in schools, public playground, ...

Smoke Free run set on Oct. 6 in Talisay
Inquirer.net - September 6, 2013

THE Talisay District Hospital continues its drive for a healthier lifestyle as it hosts the 3rd Run For 100 Percent Smoke Free on Oct. 6 starting at the Talisay City ...

'No smoking order won't affect tourism'
Visayan Daily Star - August 12, 2013

The smoking ban being implemented by Malay town, Aklan province, where Boracay island is located, will not affect tourist arrivals, Department of Tourism ...

Davao City first smoke-free Metropolitan City in Southeast Asia
Tempo - July 29, 2013

Davao City is taking the lead among cities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in implementing a smoke-free regulation in public places.

DOH bats for Oro to be 'smoke-free city'
Sun.Star - July 26, 2013

THE Department of Health (DOH) strengthens its campaign on a healthy lifestyle by living a smoke-free life. Jun Galban, DOH information officer, is planning to ...

Local chief executive vows another year of smoke-free environment ...
Philippine Information Agency - July 25, 2013

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July25 (PIA) -- After placing the town's name back in the map for adhering to the 100% smoke-free environment policy, ...

Foreign groups to observe Davao's stiff anti-smoking measures
Inquirer.net - July 23, 2013

DAVAO CITY, PhilippinesAnti-smoking advocates from nine Asian countries will be meeting here with their Filipino counterparts in this month to observe the citys toughened ordinance against smoking and its high-regulated sale of tobacco products.

Legazpi mulls e-cigarettes ban
Philippine Information Agency - July 15, 2013

LEGAZPI CITY, July 15 (PIA) -- The city government here is also mulling to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in pursuit of its smoke-free campaign. Mayor Noel ...

Aquino urged to ban e-cigarettes
Sun.Star - July 14, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III, a known smoker, has been urged by a group of medical professionals to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes in the Philippines.

SMOKE-FREE CITY
Davao Today - July 9, 2013

SMOKE-FREE CITY. Councilor Melchor Quitain (right) receives the recognition for Davao City for its outstanding contribution to the tobacco control in ...

ASEAN member countries review smoke-free laws in Davao City
Philippine Information Agency - July 8, 2013

DAVAO CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- A total of 60 participants from eight Southeast Asian countries joined in the regional workshop on smoke-free laws organized by the ...

Albay folk to raise anti-smoking awareness by going for world record
GMANews.TV (ph) - Jun 16, 2013

Residents in Albay province in Bicol will go for a world record by forming the world's largest human "No Smoking" sign to raise awareness about the harmful effects of smoking ... Albay provincial officials also said the record attempt is timely, as June ...

Smoking ban nets 60 violators
Sun.Star - June 4, 2013

THE number of arrested violators of City Ordinance 0367-12, or the New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Davao City, increased to 60.

Albay to attempt Guinness Record on biggest human logo
Philippine Information Agency - May 30, 2013

The local government unit (LGU) of Albay through the Smoke-Free Albay Network (SFAN) aims to set a world record for the formation of the world's biggest no ...

Editorial: No double standard with new anti-smoking policy
Cebu City Sun Star (ph) - May 29, 2013

It's now the job of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to religiously impose the policy, and arrest violators, ordinary citizens and prominent and top officials alike. No one is above the law, and we just hope there's no double standard on the part of ...

Davao to host first smoke-free workshop
Cebu City Sun Star (ph) - May 28, 2013

THE Davao City Anti-Smoking Task Force will host the first smoke-free workshop to be attended by Association of South East Nation (Asean) countries on July 8 to 10.

'Third-hand' smoke also harmful to public - expert
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation (ph) - April 25, 2013

The Department of Health estimated that about 30%-40% of the Philippine population are smokers. Because of this, many are affected by first-hand and second-hand smoke. But not many people know about the ill effects of third-hand smoke. ...

Regulating e-cigarettes
Tempo - April 15, 2013

Manila, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has urged local government units (LGUs) to enact ordinances regulating the sale ...

Stricter smoking ban in Davao starts May 31
Sun.Star - April 8, 2013

DAVAO CITY -- Smokers complaining of the strict smoking ban in this city will have more to complain about as an even stricter smoking ban will soon be ...

Asean to observe implementation of Davao City’s new smoking law
Business Mirror (ph) - April 8, 2013

Government leaders from seven Asean member-countries have formed an observers’ mission here to take lessons on how the city government implements its own brand of a no-smoking ordinance, after this city gained prominence when it strictly ...

'Anti-smoking ordinance needs strict enforcement'
Visayan Daily Star - April 6, 2013

The need to revisit the smoke-free ordinance of Dumaguete was stressed by Dumaguete City Administrator William Ablong yesterday. Ablong said the city government has only three full time government employees acting as smoke-free enforcers, and after 5 p. ...

New anti-smoking laws called
Manila Standard Today - March 31, 2013

New anti-smoking laws called ... citing recent findings that mothers who breathe secondhand smoke were likely to have children with behavioral problems.

Valley holds anti-smoking law hearings
Cebu City Sun Star (ph) - March 1, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Councilor Roderick Awingan is calling everyone to join the public hearing on the anti-smoking ordinance here. …

DOH eyes tobacco-free Central Luzon
Philippine Information Agency-February 13, 2013

13 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) is counting on the recently enforced Sin Tax Law of 2012 to achieve its vision of a tobacco-free Central Luzon.

Myra hopes sin tax law will help her Zambo Smoking Ordinance
Zamboanga Today Online - January 14, 2013

District 1 City Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar is hoping that the new sin tax law will help her proposed City's Smoking Ordinance as it is now in second reading at ...

Tacurong to implement anti-smoking ordinance
PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY (ph) - December 8, 2012

In the ordinance, business establishments are directed to designate smoking areas and sari-sari stores must be prohibited from selling cigarettes to minors. Regulation of smoking among adults was also discussed. Smoking will is prohibited among minors. ...

Albay's smoke-free ordinance now in effect
Philippine Information Agency - November 26, 2012

LEGAZPI CITY, November 26 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Albay has publicly launched on November 19 one of the province's landmark ordinance prohibiting ...

Smoke-free LGU's get Red Orchid Hall of Fame Awards, grants
Philippine Information Agency - November 9, 2012

9 -- The Department of Health (DOH) today rewarded the efforts of five local government units (LGUs) to maintain their smoke-free status for three consecutive ...

Nueva Vizcaya smoke-free task force officials urge public to report ...
Philippine Information Agency - October 29, 2012

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, October 29 (PIA) -- Officials of the Smoke–Free Task Force here have encouraged residents of Nueva Vizcaya to continue their ...

SMOKE-FREE AGUSAN
Manila Bulletin - October 11, 2012

BUTUAN CITY – Agusan del Norte is imposing “No Smoking” in public places, ... Under Provincial Ordinance 303-2012, “all public places like schools both ...

Dumaguete smoke-free law violators urged to attend orientation
Philippine Information Agency - October 5, 2012

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, October 5 (PIA) -- The city government of Dumaguete has urged smokers apprehended under the city smoke-free ordinance to ...

Davao's new smoking ordinance prohibits e-cigars, shisha
Davao Today - September 24, 2012

Davao City, Philippines ­ The city council passed a new ordinance that also prohibits the use of electronic-cigarettes and Shisha (water-pipes). This ordinance ...

DENR-7 to impose 100% smoke-free environment
Philippine Information Agency - September 20, 2012

CEBU CITY, Sept 20 (PIA) --- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7) will impose a "100-percent smoke-free environment policy" in ...

E-cigarettes not allowed in LRT trains, stations
ABS CBN News - September 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Although they appear to be suitable for indoor use, electronic cigarettes are not allowed inside Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations and trains, ...

121 smokers apprehended
Visayan Daily Star - September 14, 2012

About 121 smokers have been apprehended since the Dumaguete City government started implementing its Smoke Free Ordinance on September 1, Joey ...

CSC implements smoking ban in all gov't vicinities
Philippine Information Agency - September 14, 2012

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Sept 14 (PIA) –- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Region has implemented total smoke free zone in all government offices and ...

Myra Abubakar sets 2nd hearing on smoke ban
Zamboanga Today Online - September 6, 2012

Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar is set to conduct a second public hearing with smokers and various stakeholders to pave the way for the passage and approval of ...

Council calls health office to lead no smoking ordinance ...
Philippine Information Agency - August 31, 2012

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Aug 31 (PIA) -- The city council here has urged the City Health Office to take the lead in the implementation of the no smoking ordinance here. …

PHILIPPINES - PS plan to go smoke-free
PS News - August 21, 2012

A campaign has been launched in the Philippines for a smoke-free Public Service and smoke-free government offices. The Civil Service Commission (CSC) and ...

Smoke-free civil service, government offices pushed
Sun.Star - Aug 18, 2012

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Department of Health (DOH) campaign for a smoke-free civil service or smoke-free government offices. This is in ...

LGU holds oath-taking for 29 smoke free ordinance enforcers
Philippine Information Agency - August 16, 2012

CARMONA, Cavite, Aug 16 (PIA) -- The local government of Carmona will strictly enforce the smoke free ordinance after a series of information campaigns and ...

Efforts to amend smoke-free ordinance in Dumaguete fasttracked
Philippine Information Agency - August 8, 2012

DUMAGUETE CITY, August 8 (PIA) -- Smoke-free advocates are pushing for the amendment of the Smoke-Free Ordinance in Dumaguete City which is set to be ...

Smoke-free Neg. Or. eyed by December 12
Visayan Daily Star - August 8, 2012

Negros Oriental is being eyed by the Department of Health as a smoke-free ... Pauline Obial said at the launching of the smoke-free ordinance of Bais City. ... yet to file and approve anti-smoking ordinances, but Vallehermoso, Siaton and Sta.

Dumaguete invites smokers to join free cessation clinic
Philippine Information Agency - August 8, 2012

DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) -- The local government here is urging smokers to join a free smoking cessation clinic organized by the City Health Office. This is in line with the implementation of the smoke-free ordinance on Sept. 1, 2012. …

Eastern Visayas joins race toward a smoke-free civil service
Philippine Information Agency - August 2, 2012

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Aug 2 (PIA) -- The Civil Service Commission in Eastern Visayas is spearheading a symposium dubbed, "Race Toward a Smoke-Free ...

No ifs and butts about it
Philippine Star - July 9, 2012

Despite death warnings about cigarette smoking, you still see people including ... cigarette is put out, the residue left behind could constitute third-hand smoke? …

Henares bans smoking at BIR
Tempo (ph) - Jul 9, 2012

Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has banned smoking inside its buildings and premises nationwide. …

NegOr, Dumaguete City observe World No Tobacco Month celebration
Philippine Information Agency - June 28, 2012

The following concerned agencies Negros Oriental Tobacco Control and Smoke Free Advocates Alliance (NegOrTocSa), Department of Health Center for ...

Agency pushes through with anti-smoking drive
Manila Standard Today (ph) - Jun 19, 2012

DESPITE a court order suspending the Metro Manila Development Authority’s campaign against smoking, the agency unveiled on Monday its smoking cessation clinic at its headquarters in Makati City. …

MMDA beefs up anti-smoking campaign
ABS CBN News - June 7, 2012

The MMDA enforces the smoke-free ordinances in 7 cities within Metro ... Currently, apprehended smokers are fined P500 or required to do community work.

Legazpi City, now a Hall of Famer in Red Orchid Award
Philippine Information Agency - June 7, 2012

Mayor Geraldine Rosal attributed the success of the implementation of the smoke-free city program to the strict enforcement of the ordinance and the efforts ...

Maasin City cited as 'smokeless' city
Sun.Star - June 5, 2012

MPOWER is an acronym that denotes the six proven tobacco control policies, namely: ... Warn against the dangers of tobacco; Enforce bans on tobacco advertising; and ... Along with this, the city has strictly monitored the selling of cigarettes and ... stores selling them despite constant complaints from cigarette companies.

Illustration by REY RIVERA
Philippine Star - June 4, 2012

Q. I have heard of “secondhand smoke,” but what is “thirdhand tobacco smoke”? ... the homes of smokers (even if they refrain from smoking while you're there). …

Iloilo City recognized as a 'smoke-free' city
Sun.Star - June 4, 2012

THE Iloilo City Government recently received the Red Orchid Award given by the Department of Health and the World Health Organization for its 100 percent ...

Davao City lauded for smoking ban
Inquirer.net (blog) - June 4, 2012

“Davao City is consistent with the implementation and enforcement of its smoke-free policies, and deserves all the accolades and recognition,” Seatca director ...

Albay anti-plastic ordinance takes effect this June
Philippine Information Agency - June 4, 2012

As this developed, another milestone environment ordinance signed by Salceda this month was the Albay Smoke Free Ordinance, authored by Provincial Board ...

Duterte to tighten anti-smoking ordinance; wants smokers to puff cigarettes outside buildings
Zambo Times (ph) - Jun 4, 2012

DAVAO CITY -- Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants to fortify the anti-smoking ordinance by removing the smoking areas of all establishments in the city, including that of the Davao International Airport (DIA).

Smoke-Free MMDA Cited Anew
Manila Bulletin - May 31, 2012

“Smoking ban should not only be limited within government offices. We should strive to achieve a totally smoke-free Metro Manila as a way to safeguard public ...

CSC-10 conducts anti-smoking symposium
Philippine Information Agency - May 21, 2012

... colleges, and local government units in the region attended the symposium which was anchored on the theme “Race Towards A Smoke-Free Civil Service.” ...

Smoking gun
Philippine Star - May 21, 2012

The Catholic Church leaders are probably thinking they have found a “smoking gun” against the President by calling for a nationwide smoking ban. Word is that ...

Bishops push smoking ban in church premises
Vox Bikol - May 21, 2012

Smoking inside (the Church) is already banned,” said Bastes. "I would highly recommend or favor the banning of smoking inside and outside church premises ...

Bishops push for nationwide smoking ban in church premises
Philippine Star - May 20, 2012

Catholic bishops are pushing for a nationwide ban on smoking in church ... recommend or favor the banning of smoking in and outside Church premises for ... Earlier, the city government of Manila announced that smoking would be banned in ...

Albay's heavy-smoking gov signs anti-smoking ordinance
Business Mirror - May 20, 2012

Contrary to the lukewarm implementation of the ban in the three cities, the anti-smoking ordinance will be strictly enforced and complied with in the province, ...

Amendments in anti-smoking ordinance pushed
Sun.Star - May 17, 2012

THE Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICASTF) sought amendments in the existing anti-smoking ordinance. The group wants to phase out identified smoking ...

'No smoking' drive at Luneta Park to start May 31
GMA News - May 13, 2012

Smoking will be banned in the 54-hectare park starting May 31 or 'World No Tobacco Day' in line with the recent launching of 'Rizal Park Goes Green' project ...

Luneta will have 'spies' against smokers, litterbugs
Inquirer.net (blog) - May 11, 2012

Although there is already a ban on littering and smoking in public places in Metro Manila, particularly in recreational areas and parks, ...

No More Smoking At Luneta
Manila Bulletin - May 11, 2012

By JENNY F. MANONGDO MANILA, Philippines - A ban on smoking and littering will be strictly implemented at the Rizal Park, also known as Luneta, in Manila.

No smoking in Metro Manila parks
ABS CBN News - May 11, 2012

The campaign aims to make Rizal Park a "green park" by banning smoking and littering based on two policies: MMDA's regulation no. 96-009 against littering ...

Red Orchid evaluators assess anti-smoking campaign
Philippine Information Agency - May 10, 2012

Smoking in public places is strictly prohibited in the city with the enforcement of City Ordinance No. 009 – 2011. The campaign is noticeable at the Roxas ...

Ifugao town imposes no smoking in public places and utility vehicles
Philippine Information Agency - May 8, 2012

The passage of the municipal ordinance banning smoking in public places is in support of the anti-smoking campaign and the unrelenting effort of the local ...

Dipolog cops take on smokers
Manila Standard Today - May 6, 2012

DIPOLOG CITY­At least 46 policemen have been tapped by the health office here to enforce the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 and Anti-Smoking Ordinance. …

Smoking ban
Tempo - May 5, 2012

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite – Officials have declared Tagaytay as smoke-free with the smoking ban imposed in the area. This developed as more stricter ...

Sta. Rosa aims for a smoke-free city
Philippine Information Agency - March 29, 2012

She added that in May, there will be a removal of point of sale advertising. ... smoking in public places and sale of tobacco of tobacco products to minors. …

Saguday is now a smoke-free town
Philippine Information Agency - March 22, 2012

1, series of 2012 prohibiting the use, sale, distribution, and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products which shall apply to all persons, ...

Bloomberg charity adds $220 million to anti-smoking effort
Sun-Sentinel - March 22, 2012

Calling tobacco "a scourge all over the world" and accusing cigarette makers of ... part of socializing and Chinese cigarettes are among the cheapest in the ...

Third-hand smoke more lethal - expert
Philippine Star - March 16, 2012

By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) Updated March 16, 2012 02:39 PM 0 MANILA, Philippines - Smokers expose non-smokers to second-hand smoke but also to the ...

Tobacco industry investment a habit Philippines cannot afford to kick
The National - March 15, 2012

Organisers of the tobacco exhibits, among the largest in the world, said city authorities waived an indoor smoking ban for delegates. …

Amadeo to implement anti-smoking ordinance
Philippine Information Agency - March 6, 2012

By Ruel B. Francisco AMADEO, Cavite, Mar 6 (PIA) – The Sangguniang Bayan of this municipality recently passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking within the ...

Balanga City Intensifies Anti-Smoking
Manila Bulletin - February 24, 2012

... barangay leaders to fully implement in their respective barangay the anti-smoking ordinances. Prior to the passing of the city's Anti-smoking ordinance, ...

City bans smoking at home
Sun.Star - February 24, 2012

MAASIN CITY – This city is pushing for the prohibition of smoking in homes as part of its smoking ban with the local government expressing concern on the ...

House bill to protect kids from hazards of smoking pushed
Sun.Star - February 18, 2012

... for a law that would protect children from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. ... "Given the nature of smoking and also that of smokers with their ...

Kids' protection vs smoking sought
Journal Online - February 19, 2012

SMOKING in front or near children will be soon punishable, should a bill is passed ... by protecting children from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.

Smoking ban nets 20000 violators
Sun.Star - February 17, 2012

Republic Act 9211 absolutely bans smoking in public places such as centers of ... The agency enforces the total smoking ban on stairwells such as those on ...

Metro's Anti-Smoking Campaign Intensified
Manila Bulletin - February 17, 2012

The City of Parañaque has issued implementing guidelines that ban smoking in places of public worship, inside museums, libraries, theaters, auditoriums and ...

Feast Of Saint Valentine Tuesday
Manila Bulletin - Feb 13, 2012

(Christina I. Hermoso) Mandaluyong will strictly enforce the anti-smoking ordinance while promoting healthy living among city residents.

Tobacco control efforts face challenges
Philippine Star - February 13, 2012

After being cut by almost half - the tobacco-planting area went down from ... information on tobacco product packages and a resolution banning tobacco ads ...

Smoking ban stays during athletic meet in Maasin City
Philippine Information Agency - January 5, 2012

5 (PIA) -- Coaches and trainers from other school divisions in Region 8 who smoke tobacco or cigarettes better be warned: they should kick the habit -- at ...

Marawi City holds 1st Health Summit
Philippine Information Agency - December 15, 2011

... and ordinances such as the organization of the Local Health Board, crafting of the comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance, ordinance prohibiting ...

Esperanza conducts enforcers' training on smoke–free ordinance
Philippine Information Agency - December 13, 2011

13 (PIA) -- The municipal government here recently conducted the enforcers' training on smoke-free ordinance in its quest of pushing the implementation of a ...

Caloocan youth groups want cigarette-free city
InterAksyon.com (TV 5) (ph), 2011-12-12
Philippine News Agency

Caloocan youth groups, supported by Mayor Enrico Echiverri, are pushing for the transformation of their city into a cigarette smoke-free zone within the next two years. ...

Cotabato wants smoke free city
Manila Bulletin - December 11, 2011

The event was a result of months of preparation by the Office on Health Services after the Sangguniang Pan-glunsod passed an ordinance regulating smoking in ...

QC Hall to penalize smoking ban violators
Philippine Information Agency - November 14, 2011

14 (PIA) -- Starting January next year, the Quezon City government will start issuing citation tickets to violators of the city's ban on smoking within the ...

Mis. Occ. launches provincial smoke-free campaign
Philippine Information Agency - Elaine O. Ratunil - November 14, 2011

Responding to a recently approved anti-smoking ordinance by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the launching was among the highlights of “Pas'Ungko s'g MisOcc ...

NegOr governor to mayors: Adopt anti-smoking policy
Philippine Information Agency - Rachelle M. Nessia - November 14, 2011

The governor hopes that more LGUs in the province will follow suit and implement an anti-smoking ordinance, making Negros Oriental a smoke-free province as ...

Ynares bans smoking in Capitol
Manila Bulletin - Nel B. Andrade - November 3, 2011

At the capitol, no-smoking stickers posted on glass doors of each office serve ... Ms. Beatriz Leyva, coordinator of the No-Smoking campaign of the capitol ...

Albay girl scouts undertake no smoking promotion
Philippine Information Agency - Aida Alcazar-Naz - November 3, 2011

Ligao, a no smoking city based on an ordinance passed by the Sangguniang Panglungsod this year, was the exemplar for no smoking campaign by the Girl Scouts ...

Philippines is making strides in its campaign against tobacco use
Manila Bulletin - November 1, 2011

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was praised in international forums for its implementation of the smoking ban in public places in 17 cities ...

Feature: November is Philippine Clean Air month
Philippine Information Agency - November 1, 2011

Under the program, local chief executives are encouraged to issue resolutions or enact ordinances on air pollution control and include clean air policies in ...

Doctors exhort public to take stand against smoking
Manila Standard Today - Macon Ramos-Araneta - October 28, 2011

... the enforcement of a smoking ban by the Metro Manila Development Authority. ... been advocating a Smoke–Free Philippines for several years after banning ...

Ifugao town imposes smoking ban
Philippine Information Agency - Dan B. Codamon - October 28, 2011

LAMUT, Ifugao, Oct.28(PIA)-- Inspired by the positive result of the anti-smoking ordinance of nearby municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya, ...

Court urged to resolve smoking ban
Journal Online - October 28, 2011

The PMA is the umbrella organization of medical doctors and has been advocating for a Smoke –Free Philippines after banning its members from smoking and ...


Court stops smoking ban implementation
Tempo (Philippines) - October 27, 2011

The court finds the petitioners Antony Clemente and Vrianne Lamson were apprehended by environmental enforcers while smoking in an “open area” based on the ...

MMDA sets up cigarette bins
Manila Bulletin - Liza T. Villas - October 27, 2011

The measure is in line with the law mandating the administration of places not covered by the absolute smoking ban, to designate as smoking areas. ...

Group questions smoking ban injunction
Manila Bulletin - Jenny F. Manongdo - October 27, 2011

The PMA is the umbrella organization of medical doctors in the country, promoting a smoke –free Philippines by banning its members from smoking and sending ...

Another setback for anti-smoking drive
Manila Standard Today - Rio N. Araja - October 27, 2011

THE Metro Manila Development Authority suffered yet another setback in its fight to enforce a metro-wide smoking ban after a Mandaluyong ...

PIA- N Samar spearheads information campaign on smoke-free ordinance
Philippine Information Agency - Teresita B. Cardenas - October 27, 2011

12 series of 2009 prohibits smoking in all public places like ... prohibits children not to buy and smoke cigarettes and banning smoking cigarette, cigar, ...

Dagupan launches smoke-free campaign
Philippine Information Agency - Romeo R. Fernandez - September 20, 2011

20 (PIA) -- This city launched on Monday the Smoke-Free Philippines run and health covenant signature campaign to prohibit smoking in public places and to ...

Group claims 10 Filipinos die every hour from smoking
Philippine Daily Inquirer (ph), 2011-09-18
Philip C. Tubeza Philippine Daily Inquirer

Ten Filipinos die every hour due to illnesses caused by smoking and the country loses nearly P500 billion annually in due to health care costs and productivity losses, an anti-tobacco group said Saturday. ...

2 rescued off Cabra Island
Manila Bulletin - September 19, 2011

(Ferdinand F. Castro) DAGUPAN CITY ­ Mayor Benjamin S. Lim led yesterday the covenant-signing for a smoke-free and healthy city in line with the nationwide ...

Smoking ban resumes in Metro Manila
ABS CBN News - September 13, 2011

Some 4306 individuals were caught violating the smoking ban in July, while 2703 were apprehended in August. The number of violators went down to 692 in ...

Anti-Smoking Ban still in full blast - MMDA
Philippine Information Agency - September 13, 2011

The complaint basically questioned MMDA's authority to enforce the smoking ban along sidewalks where they were smoking. Velasco also cited the success of ...

20-day TRO on smoking ban ends
ABS CBN News - September 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The temporary halt on the smoking ban of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has ended on Sunday, a court official ...

Award inspires local governments to do more
Philippine Information Agency - Jemin B. Guillermo - September 12, 2011

Recently, the city also won the 2011 Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health for instituting a 100-percent compliance to the no smoking ordinance. ...

CSC backs 100% smoke-free govt offices
Philippine Information Agency - September 8, 2011

2009 orders absolute smoking ban in or on the premises, buildings, and grounds of government agencies providing health, education, social welfare and ...

Laus mulls creation of stricter anti-smoking ordinance
Sun.Star (Philippines) - Ian Ocampo Flora -September 6, 2011

Laus said smoking must be discouraged and banned from public areas, hospitals, business establishments, and public terminals among others. …

Court keeps restraining order on Philippine metropolitan agency's ...
Gant Daily - Vittorio Hernandez - September 6, 2011

The court issued a TRO after two security guards were caught smoking by MMDA ... in the MMDA's definition of the term public places where smoking is banned. ...

EDITORIAL: Making Metro Manila Smoke-Free: Quit Smoking and Live Longer
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2011-09-05

The smoking ban in Metro Manila continues as agencies and individuals have expressed support for the campaign.

San Juan approves smoking ban policy
Journal Online - Alvin Murcia - August 30, 2011

PMA members and officers support MMDA's smoking ban which was temporarily halted by the Mandaluyong court. They, along with the members of the Philippine ...

Anti-smoking ban gets more teeth
PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY (ph), 2011-08-28
Paul Rillorta

The anti-smoking campaign will literally 'take to the streets' once amendments to the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of the City is approved. ...

Court told: City mayors tasked MMDA to enforce smoking ban
Inquirer.net - Niña Calleja - August 26, 2011

15, Judge Carlos Valenzuela of Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 213 ordered the MMDA to stop enforcing its smoking ban on minor and major ...

Doctors, nurses back MMDA smoking ban on roads
ABS CBN News - August 26, 2011

"Smoking kills and second-hand smoke equally kills people, that is why we are supporting MMDA's fight to lift the TRO against the smoking ban in public ...

Discipline zone to be created in Butuan City
Philippine Information Agency - Martin M Gamba - August 26, 2011

... public order and enforcing traffic laws and ordinances with “Zero Tolerance”. ... Illegal Peddlers and Smoking in Public Places in the Discipline Zone. ...

DoH pursues drive against smoking
Manila Bulletin - Jenny F. Manongdo - August 23, 2011

Section 5 of RA 9211 bans smoking in the following public places: Centers of youth activity such as playschools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, ...

Talisay holds run for smoke-free environment
Sun.Star - Cheska D. Geli - August 22, 2011

AS PART of its campaign to promote a smoke-free environment, the Talisay District Hospital, in cooperation with the Talisay City Runners ...

Make Maasin city really smoke-free -- Mayor
Philippine Information Agency - Bong Pedalino - August 22, 2011

Hector Enage, City Police Chief, to the smoking ban imposed by the city government. Some three weeks before this month's twin celebrations of Charter Day ...

Farmers paid for anti-smoking TRO?
Manila Standard Today - Rio N. Araja - August 22, 2011

THE metro-wide smoking ban imposed by the Metro Manila Development Authority is now officially on hold after a court restraining order took ...

MMDA considers dropping case vs two smoking guards
Inquirer.net - Miko Morelos - Aug 21, 2011

“If what they claim is true, then they did not violate the smoking ban because they were paid to do it,” Tolentino said. “If we do not treat them as ...

Public smoking ban stays – MMDA
Manila Bulletin - Liza T. Villas - August 18, 2011

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the public smoking ban in Metro Manila will remain in full force and effect until the petitioners post the P100,000 ...

MMDA: Smoking ban holds as TRO has yet to take effect
Inquirer.net - Tina G. Santos - Kristine Felisse Mangunay - August 18, 2011

Both were fined P500 each by the MMDA for smoking on a sidewalk in Cubao, Quezon City, last month. On Tuesday, Clemente reportedly admitted in a television ...

MMDA gets break in case against metro smoking ban
Manila Standard Today - Rio N. Araja - August 18, 2011

Mandaluyong RTC Branch 213 Judge Carlos Valenzuela issued a 20-day restraining order on Tuesday that called on the MMDA to halt its metro-wide smoking ban ...

Hold your breath
BusinessWorld Online - August 18, 2011

So let's not hold our breath waiting for judges to see the light -- better yet, let's do hold our breath; we might otherwise inhale the secondhand smoke ...

Tobacco firm under fire over petition vs smoking ban
ABS CBN News - August 17, 2011

"We, as medical professionals, know that efforts such as the smoking ban are necessary as there are no safe levels of exposure to second hand smoke," he ...

Petitioner against smoking ban denies being paid by tobacco company
Inquirer.net - Niña Calleja - August 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Can minimum-wage earners afford the P100, 000 bond for the temporary restraining order on the smoking ban? ...

Court stops smoking ban enforcement
Manila Standard Today - Rio N. Araja - August 17, 2011

... on Tuesday issued an order stopping the Metro Manila Development Authority from implementing the smoking ban on the metro's main roads and sidewalks. ...

Court halts anti-smoking drive in Metro
Philippine Star - Jun Pasaylo - August 17, 2011

In a court directive, Judge Carlos Valenzuela of the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court – Branch 213 said the MMDA's act of implementing smoking ban in ...

MMDA to appeal Mandaluyong court's TRO vs smoking ban
GMANews.TV - August 17, 2011

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino also said it will continue to enforce the smoking ban in areas not covered by the court order. This he said after a meeting ...

Court halts MMDA smoking ban on roads
ABS CBN News - August 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - A court has ordered the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to temporarily stop enforcing the smoking ban in major and ...

MMDA: Anti-smoking campaign a 'success'
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2011-08-07
ELLSON A. QUISMORIO

With 4,640 smokers apprehended in a span of just a month, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has declared its antismoking drive a "success." ...

PNP notes community support to Maasin City anti-smoking ordinance
Philippine Information Agency - Es Gorne - August 5, 2011

Earlier, Maasin City Mayor Maloney Samaco has ordered that the city government will implement the smoking ban last July 25 for the local Philippine National ...

MMDA's smoking ban: 4628 smokers apprehended
Philippine Information Agency - Catherine C. Cuarto - August 5, 2011

She as well gave special thanks to the media for putting MMDA's smoking ban in the news for one month before its implementation last July 1. ...

Lawyer behind suit vs MMDA working for cigarette firm?
Inquirer.net - Niña Calleja - August 2, 2011

... because of both cigarette addiction and second-hand smoke. Let us not forget that public safety is the backbone of this smoke-free campaign,” Luna added.

MetroBriefs: MMDA: No one can stop ban on smoking
Philippine Daily Inquirer (ph), 2011-07-31

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) remains committed to making the capital smoke-free despite the challenge to its newly implemented ban on public smoking at the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court. ...

CHAC proposes smoking ban in Plaza Independencia
Philippine Star (ph), 2011-07-31
Jessica Ann R. Pareja/FPL (The Freeman)

The Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission of Cebu City wants smoking ban in the newly renovated Plaza Independencia. ...

Tublay passes tobacco ordinance
Sun.Star - July 26, 2011

9211) which prohibits smoking in certain public places whether enclosed or outdoors; prohibits the purchase and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products from and to minor and in certain places frequented by minors; imposes bans and restrictions on ...

Mayor bares accomplishments after 1 year
Sun.Star - July 26, 2011

Domogan, a known anti-smoking advocate, bannered this city ordinance as one of the administration's major accomplishments for the year. “Our city health services office was able to record zero rabies death, decreased morbidity and mortality rate from ...

Cayabas: Knowledge and Wisdom
Sun.Star - Vladimir Cayabas - July 26, 2011

While most are knowledgeable that there is a law that prohibits jay walking but still some are violating the existing law, while there is an ordinance which is already a public knowledge that disallows drivers of PUV's from smoking while on duty, ...

Court asked to stop MMDA campaign vs smoking in public
Inquirer.net - Niña Calleja - Jul 25, 2011

In their petition, security guards Antony Clemente and Vrianne Lamsen asked the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court to stop the MMDA from implementing a ban on smoking in public places in Metro Manila. The two were apprehended by an MMDA enforcer after ...

CHO wants strict implementation of smoking ban at public places
Zamboanga Today Online - July 25, 2011

The City Health Office (CHO) wanted that the smoking ban at public places be strictly implemented, especially on public utility vehicles such as tricycle and jeepneys as Metro Manila is now fully implementing a smoking ban at public places. ...

Metro smoking ban not enough­Ona
Manila Standard Today - Macon Ramos-Araneta, Rio N. Araja - Jul 23, 2011

HEALTH Secretary Enrique Ona on Friday called on the Metro Manila Development Authority to expand its anti-smoking ban by going after smoke belchers as well. Ona said smoke belching has more adverse effects on ...

Capiz towns join anti-smoking drive
Philippine Information Agency - Jemin B. Guillermo - Jul 23, 2011

Panitan town Information Officer Archie Ponce de Leon said they have already approved their anti-smoking ordinance not only to comply with the national law being spearheaded by the Department of Health but also to ensure the well-being of their people. ...

QC to launch clean air initiatives
Philippine Information Agency - July 21, 2011

Included also are the strengthening anti-smoking enforcement with clearer identification of non-smoking areas; pursuing further landfills and market waste processing for methane capture program and greenhouse gas mitigation; regulating the issuance of ...

Maasin City intensifies anti-smoking implementation thru RA 9211
Philippine Information Agency - R.G. Cadavos - July 21, 2011

The city government will be implementing the smoking ban with the Philippine National Police (PNP) as the enforcers of the law. Mayor Samaco said that there will be penalties to those who will violate the law, basing on RA 9211. ...

Maasin city police backstops smoking ban enforcers
Philippine Information Agency - Bong Pedalino - July 21, 2011

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 21 (PIA) -- Personnel from the Healthy City Initiatives (HCI), who are tasked to go after smokers, have this city's police force as an ally in implementing the anti-smoking campaign ardently pursued by ...

Smokers penalized
Manila Bulletin - Jonathan M. Hicap - July 19, 2011

He said those caught were fined P500 or were required to do community service for eight hours. The mayor said the city government has its Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance that prohibits smoking in public places.

School chiefs to follow smoke-free policy
Visayan Daily Star - July 19, 2011

Negros Oriental State University campuses are now also adopting the anti-smoking rule. “If a student wants to smoke, he must do it 100 meters away from the school, church and other public places,” NORSU president Dr. Henry Sojor said in a statement. ...

Davao trip inculcates anti-smoking implementation for Maasin HCI
Philippine Information Agency - R.G. Cadavos - July 19, 2011

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 19 (PIA) -- Maasin Healthy City Initiatives(HCI) delegates has learned other successful ways in implementing a smoke-free place with its visit to Davao City last week, from July 10-14. ...

Reduced income for enforcing no-smoking policy negligible, says Maasin City ...
Philippine Information Agency - Bong Pedalino - July 19, 2011

"Even people who do not smoke suffer when they come in contact with people who puffed, or may suffer more than smokers themselves, as the effects of second-hand or even third-hand smoke could be just as lethal," Costillas said. ...

Pabaon at PCSO; How long will smoking ban last?
Catanduanes Tribune - July 18, 2011

With more than l,000 persons punished during the first week of the anti-smoking ban in Metro Manila, it seems the program was off to a good start. If the pace in implementation of the ordinance is maintained in the coming weeks and months, ...

Two public school chiefs in Negros Oriental pledge to follow smoke-free policy
Philippine Information Agency - Rachelle M. Nessia - July 18, 2011

Negos Oriental State University (NORSU) campuses, on the other hand, are now also adopting the anti-smoking rule. “If a student wants to smoke, he must do it 100 meters away from the school, church and other public places,” said NORSU President Dr. ...

Dumaguete launches own anti-smoking drive
GMANews.TV (ph), 2011-07-16

Some two weeks after Metro Manila went full blast in enforcing a smoking ban in public places, Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental is following suit, a report said over the weekend. ...

Citizen's arrest for anti-smoking
Manila Bulletin - July 15, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines ­ Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan here ordered local residents and visitors to exercise the lawful citizen's arrest to effectively contribute in the successful implementation of the local anti-smoking ordinance in order to help ...

Negros Oriental
Visayan Daily Star - Rene Genove - July 15, 2011

Senator Francis Escudero lauded the city government of Dumaguete Wednesday for passing an ordinance against smoking in public places. The city government yesterday launched its smoke-free policy, a measure that will prohibit smoking in ...

Negros Oriental adopts smoke-free ordinance
Negros Chronicle - Rachelle M. Nessia - July 12, 2011

The province's capital city, Dumaguete, will launch the smoke-free ordinance as provided for by RA 9211, or the Tobacco Regulation Act on July 15 while the town of Bindoy on July 13, and Jimalalud on July 14. Amlan, the town that successfully pioneered ...

Anti-smoking pioneering Negros town marks landmark smoke-free ordinance
Manila Bulletin - Phoebe Jen Indino - July 12, 2011

This town, which is the pioneer in the creation of an anti-smoking ordinance in the province, will stage "Waybuga Festival" on July 15, 2011 with the theme "Amlan: Soaring High, Model of A Smoke-Free Community." "Way buga" a Cebuano term for smoke-free ...

Sanggunian okays increased penalty for smoking in public utility vehicles
Visayan Daily Star – July 12, 2011

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO An amendatory ordinance increasing the penalties for violators of City Ordinance No. 84, Series of 1993, or the No Smoking Ordinance in Public Utility Vehicles of Bacolod City, authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito was approved ...

Stiffer penalties for smoking urged
Sun.Star - Carla N. Canet - July 12, 2011

THE Bacolod City Council recently approved the amendments introduced by Councilor Caesar Distrito on some sections of City Ordinance No. 84, series of 1993 known as the No-Smoking Ordinance in Public Utility Vehicles of Bacolod City. ...

Training in E Samar enhances competence of smoke-free policy enforcers
Philippine Information Agency - July 12, 2011

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, July 12 (PIA) -- A two day training aimed at enhancing the skills and capabilities of the enforcers in the implementation of smoke-free policy, was recently conducted at Doña Vicenta Hotel, in Borongan City, Eastern Samar. ...

Dumaguete gears up for smoke-free policy launching
Philippine Information Agency - Rachelle M. Nessia - July 12, 2011

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 12 (PIA) -- The city government of Dumaguete in Negros Oriental is gearing up for the launching of its smoke-free policy on July 14. Department heads at the City Hall gathered today at the City Session Hall ...

DPWH prohibits smoking in premises
Manila Bulletin - Raymund F. Antonio - July 12, 2011

With its smoke-free policy, the DPWH joins the bandwagon of other government agencies that have barred smoking among employees. Cigarette products are being considered contraband items, with their sale, purchase, and distribution strictly prohibited ...

Festival to mark 2nd year of anti-smoking ordinance
Philippine Information Agency - Rachelle M. Nessia - July 11, 2011

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 12 (PIA) -- The local government unit (LGU) of Amlan, the pioneer in the creation of an anti-smoking ordinance in Negros Oriental, is set to hold a festival to mark the second year of its implementation of the ...

Editorial: Clearing the air
Cebu City Sun Star (ph), 2011-07-11

While the Metro Manila Development Authority has recently apprehended 1,040 individuals for violating RA 9211 during the first week of strict enforcement, the Cebu City Treasurer’s Office has yet to implement the smoking ban. ...

1000 apprehended in Metro Manila for smoking
ABS CBN News - July 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Around 1040 individuals were apprehended in the first week of the strict implementation of the smoking ban, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said. MMDA Health and Environment Division head Loida Alzona said 979 ...

DILG, DOH call for smoke-free Central Luzon
Philippine Information Agency - July 8, 2011

2011-01 dated June 13, 2011, enjoined all Central Luzon governors, city/ municipal mayors, presiding officers and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan/ Panlungsod/ Pambayan to enact a Smoke-Free Ordinance after a model which was developed by DOH in ...

Glut in Cebu office spaces
Manila Bulletin - July 8, 2011

... tobacco companies which are trying to entice farmers in the province to plant tobacco. Teves said tobacco farming will contradict an existing ordinance against smoking and the effort of the provincial government to declare the province as tobacco-free.

MMDA drops idea of turning urinals into smoking areas
Philippine Daily Inquirer (ph), 2011-07-07
Tina G. Santos Philippine Daily Inquirer

A day after it floated the idea of designating urinals as smoking areas, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday dropped the proposal following negative feedback from health practitioners. . . . ...

More Negros Oriental LGUs adopting smoke-free ordinance
Philippine Information Agency - Rachelle M. Nessia - July 7, 2011

Maniego said the latest statistics show there are 84700 Filipinos who die annually due to diseases caused by smoking. He hopes said ordinance will be largely implemented among all LGUs in the province. “Hopefully, Negros Oriental will be the first ...

MMDA: Police to arrest smokers, too
Manila Standard Today (ph), 2011-07-06
Macon Ramos Araneta

METRO Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday said the police will start arresting smokers in public places as the number of violators approached the 1,000 mark after the anti-vice drive started on July 1. ...

Smoking ban in public places questioned
Malaya - July 6, 2011

PMFTC Inc., a venture between Philip Morris and Fortune Tobacco, yesterday lashed out at a directive of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) banning cigarette smoking in public places beginning July 1. PMMFTC said the ban is inconsistent with ...

Smoking in open spaces allowed by law - tobacco firms
ABS CBN News - July 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Tobacco companies are seeking clarification from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on the smoking ban in public places in Metro Manila which started in earnest last July 1. They insist that Republic Act 9211 ...

PNP tapped to help in anti-smoking ban in Metro Manila
GMANews.TV - July 5, 2011

"In order to convince the Metro Manila populace to support the said campaign, the PNP is urged to lead by example by ensuring that its personnel, especially those in Metro Manila, are abiding by the smoking ban guidelines," Robredo said. ...

PNoy in hot water over unflattering photo
ABS CBN News - July 5, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - (2nd UPDATE) Several netizens concluded that President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is not only violating the country's anti-smoking ban but is also not working hard enough after seeing a photo that went viral on social networking ...

Smokers reminded not to smoke in public or pay fine
Tempo (ph), 2011-07-03
ANA LIZA T. VILLAS

“Starting today (Friday) we will start apprehending violators smokers caught puffing a smoke in public places on July 1 as part of the agency’s intensified anti-smoking drive,” warned Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino. ...

MMDA nets 365 no-smoking violators in 3 days
Cebu City Sun Star (ph), 2011-07-03

THE intensified anti-smoking crackdown has netted a total of 365 violators three days after it was re-launched in Metro Manila, authorities...

Caloocan City all-out against smoking
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2011-07-03
ED MAHILUM

Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri has warned local enforcers not to abuse while implementing the no-smoking ban in the city. ...

BJMP to ban smoking at Zamboanga detention facility
InterAksyon.com (TV 5) (ph), 2011-07-01
Philippine News Agency

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) will prohibit the entry of cigarettes at its detention facility in this city starting on Monday, July 4, a BJMP official announced. ...

Environmentalists back MMDA’s intensified drive vs. smoking
Dateline Philippines (ph), 2011-07-01

The Metro Manila Development Authorities (MMDA) has found another ally in its campaign to rid the metropolis of harmful cigarette smoke and litter. ...

249 smoking violators caught in Metro Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer (ph), 2011-07-01
Frances Mangosing INQUIRER.net

On its first day of implementation, 249 people were caught violating the no-smoking drive of the Metro Manila Development Authority on Friday, an MMDA official said. ...

Smoking ban in Philippine capital
Agence France Presse (AFP) (fr), 2011-07-01

Hundreds of people were fined as a smoking ban in public places went into force in the Philippines' sprawling capital Friday. ...

Ex-health chief urges provinces to adopt smoking ban
Cebu City Sun Star (ph), 2011-07-01

A FORMER Health Secretary and an anti-smoking advocate urged provincial governments all across the Philippines to replicate the smoking ban imposed in Metro Manila. ...

Smoke at your own risk; ban on smoking in public starts Friday
Inquirer.net - Tina G. Santos - June 30, 2011

While its environmental enforcers will start apprehending smokers puffing away in public places starting Friday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will also designate smoking areas with makeshift ashtrays on major ...

Biliran gov leads launching of anti-smoking campaign
Philippine Information Agency - Lanie Pitao-Tupaz - July 1, 2011

NAVAL, Biliran, July 1, (PIA) –- The provincial government of Biliran headed by Governor Gerardo Espina, Jr., recently launched the anti-smoking ordinance which prohibits smoking in public places all over the province with the ...

Campaign for a smoke-free Biliran formally launched
Philippine Information Agency - Flor Jackson - June 29, 2011

The young governor, likewise thanked the SP through Vice-Governor Manuel Montejo, Jr. for passing Ordinance no. 1, series of 2011 or the Smoke-Free Biliran. “By this ordinance, we can give more information to smokers on the ill-effects of smoking and ...

Third hand smoke remains health risk
Sun.Star - Yumi Panelo - June 29, 2011

But while the public is still absorbing the effects of first hand and second hand smoking, another smoke-related risk was also recently introduced. Third-hand smoke is another health danger identified by international research group in the United ...

Metro smoking ban enforced by July 1
Philippine Star (ph), 2011-06-27
Aie Balagtas See The Philippine Star

With its month-long information drive ending on Thursday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said yesterday it is all set to crack down on persons caught smoking in areas banned by the Tobacco Control Act and local ordinances starting July 1. ...

4 cities enforce stricter ban
Manila Bulletin - Liza T. Villas - June 27, 2011

Tolentino also cited existing smoking prohibitions of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and similar ordinances and issuances of LGUs. The LTFRB regulation bans smoking inside public utility vehicles (PUV) and on major and ...

No-smoking campaign gathers momentum
Tempo - June 20, 2011

The Philippine Medical Association, the umbrella organization for Doctors, has joined the campaign for a smoke-free Philippines. The aim is to protect second-hand smokers as tobacco smoke “equally kills people.” A study by the World Lung Foundation and ...

Fun Run for 100% smoke-free Baguio set on June 18
Philippine Information Agency - Lito Dar - June 14, 2011

The fun run, dubbed as 'Karadkad,' an Ilocano word that describes a healthy and physically fit person, aims to raise awareness on the dangers of smoking and to encourage people to be smoke-free advocates/supporters and to completely include the ...

Maasin anti-smoking team to learn more in Davao
Philippine Information Agency - Bong Pedalino - June 14, 2011

Plateros, however, explained that they are enforcing the city's smoking ban ordinance not as a fund-raising act for collecting fines but more as a persuasive advocacy to educate people on the evils of smoking, its ill effects on individual health, ...

DPWH-8 implements smoke free policy
Philippine Information Agency - Marivic Alcober - June 10, 2011

Relative to this, it was bared that Director Asis is mandating the Heads of the different departments to strictly follow the smoke-free policy in their respective areas or be held responsible for the consequences. Meanwhile, under the CSC Memo Cir. No. ...

Baguio-Benguet Medical Society backs smoke free environment
Philippine Information Agency - Mari Cruz - June 10, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, June 10 (PIA) - - The Baguio-Benguet Medical Society (BBMS) announced its support to the anti-smoking campaign for a smoke-free environment. Dr. Frederick Untalan of the BBMS, in a radio interview,aid that members of the BBMS ...

An overzealous campaign
Manila Standard Today - June 10, 2011

If you believe Tolentino, Metro Manila will be a smoke-free zone by 2012. Of course we have to take that announcement with a grain of salt since the chairman also promised a traffic-free Metro Manila when he took over the agency last year. ...

What do you think of the smoking ban in public places in Metro Manila?
Philippine Star - Jun 9, 2011

We have a chain-smoking President; 2. We are poor at implementation, ningas cogon. Wanna bet? Gerii Calupitan, Muntinlupa City: Very timely, but it's about 20 years late. So many have died from smoking and those who inhale secondhand smoke. ...

Port of Maasin is a smoke-free zone, city Mayor declares
Philippine Information Agency - Bong Pedalino - June 7, 2011

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, June 7 (PIA) -- The vicinity inside the walled area that is the Port of Maasin has been declared smoke-free and those who will violate will pay stiff penalties. The declaration was made by City Mayor ...

Dad wants smoking ban enforced
Visayan Daily Star - June 7, 2011

84, Series of 1993 which prohibits smoking in public motor vehicles, is being authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, and co-authored by Councilors Em Legaspi-Ang and Al Victor Espino. CO No. 84 is an ordinance amending Ordinance No. ...

'Put away those ash trays' – CSC
Philippine Information Agency - Elsa S. Subong - June 7, 2011

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has ordered government offices, hospitals, health centers, schools and universities that provide health, education and social welfare and development services, to go smoke-free and observe absolute smoking ban in all ...

MORANTE: The Philippines as a Smoke-Free and Law-Abiding Country
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2011-06-07
TRICIA V. MORANTE

Last week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that together with the metro's 17 local government units (LGUs), it will be apprehending individuals caught smoking in "all major and secondary roads of the metropolis. ...

City to ban tobacco, lighters
Cebu City Sun Star (ph), 2011-06-04

MAASIN City in Southern Leyte province plans to ban cigarettes and lighters following the city’s tobacco-free campaign. ...

Bishops urge nationwide smoking ban
CathNews India - June 3, 2011

Two bishops June 3 joined the anti-tobacco campaign in Metro Manila, saying the smoking ban in public places should be implemented nationwide. In separate interviews on Church-run Radio Veritas, Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos, head of the Episcopal ...

Philippine capital to enforce smoking ban
Tehran Times - May 30, 2011

MANILA (AFP) – Authorities in the Philippine capital Manila on Sunday announced a drive to strictly enforce a smoking ban in public places across the sprawling metropolis. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said that from Monday it would ...

E-cigarettes also to be included in smoking ban
Philippine Information Agency - May 30, 2011

The City Government of Davao Anti Smoking Task Force warned e-cigarette smokers that they are not exempted from the smoking ban in the city. Dr. Domilyn Villareiz, chief of the anti-smoking task force, said that e-cigarette users are actually emulating ...

Aquino to abide by campaign for smoke-free Metro Manila
gulfnews.com - Barbara Mae Dacanay - May 30, 2011

About 17 city mayors and municipal councils have agreed to cooperate with MMDA's campaign to implement a wider no-smoking drive to cover the whole of Metro Manila, said Tolentino, adding that MMDA will campaign about the wide anti-smoking ban for the ...

Senator Escudero defends right of smokers
Inquirer.net - Maila Ager - May 30, 2011

Meanwhile, Senator Pia Cayetano, head of the Senate committee on health, called on some of his colleagues to follow the law following a statement f …

Smoking ban in Metro Manila: Where you can and can't
ABS CBN News - May 30, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started deploying environmental enforcers to warn, and eventually apprehend, violators of the smoking ban in public places. MMDA said it will monitor smokers in public ...

20 men arrested in Pasay for public drinking, being shirtless
ABS CBN News - May 31, 2011

Those caught smoking in public areas will also be apprehended, in light of the no-smoking policy enforced by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The Anti-Criminality Ordinance of Pasay aims to prevent crimes in the area. ...

Traders laud Cebu City smoking ban
Manila Bulletin - Malou M. Mozo - May 6, 2011

It is time that we take this smoking ban to a larger scale. While it may affect bars and restaurants, it will only be a short-term effect,” Joseph said in an interview. The new ordinance was passed after the City Council said anti-smoking ordinances ...

DOH ties up with Bloomberg for a smoke –free Philippines campaign
Philippine Information Agency - R.G Cadavos - April 14, 2011

Bloomberg is hopeful that the smoke-free campaign will be implemented through an effective passage of an ordinance within the local government in order to protect the lives of every citizenry. “Though smoking is a privilege of every person, ...

Bizmen, city gov't ink pact for smoke-free Roxas City
Philippine Information Agency - Jemin B. Guillermo - April 4, 2011

The MOA signing is in consonance of city ordinance No. 009-2011, otherwise known as the Smoke Free Ordinance of Roxas City in order to protect its populace from the ill-effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke. ecology which is for the general ...

DTI, DoH step up drive vs smoking
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2011-04-02

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) joined efforts with the Department of Health (DoH) in an advocacy campaign to inform the public on the salient provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9211, or the Tobacco Regulation Act of the Philippines. ...

Roxas City enforces smoking ban in all public places
Philippine Information Agency - Jemin B. Guillermo - March 15, 2011

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Mar 15 (PIA) – The Roxas City government is determined to enforce the “no smoking” ordinance in all public places here. City Councilor Powell del Rosario, who authored said ordinance, said that they will ...

Dinas now a smoke-free municipality
Philippine Information Agency - February 25, 2011

25 (PIA) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Zamboanga del Sur on its 30th regular session on Thursday, (Feb 17) has approved the anti-smoking ordinance endorsed by the municipality of Dinas. In a report of the SP committee on health and social services ...

LGU's to enforce laws on clean air, tobacco
Visayan Daily Star - Juancho Gallarde - February 25, 2011

The Dumaguete City smoke-free ordinance is aimed and safeguarding public health and ensuring the well being of residents by protecting them from harmful effects of smoking and tobacco consumption. Scientific studies show that 8 to 10 Filipinos die ...

Parañaque bans smoking in buildings, public places
Philippine Daily Inquirer (ph), 2011-02-20
Miko L. Morelos Philippine Daily Inquirer

The city government has just passed an ordinance banning the smoking of tobacco in public and private buildings, government offices, and closed spaces, among other locations, and ordering business establishments to designate smoking areas. ...

PNoy urged to back anti-smoking campaign
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation (ph), 2011-02-20

President Benigno Aquino III should support a global campaign against smoking, doctors said. ...

President cutting down on smoking
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2011-02-21
GENALYN D. KABILING

…dent Benigno S. Aquino III has started to cut down on smoking but is unlikely to agree to become a poster boy in the anti-smoking campaign in the country, Malacañang said Monday. ...

City gears up to sustain "Red Orchids" award for no smoking policy
PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY (ph), 2011-01-27
R.G. Cadavos

The City of Maasin aims to sustain the "Red Orchids" Award received last year, 2010 for the implementation of "no smoking" policy in public places, ...

1853 meted sanctions in Navotas City for violating smoking ban
Inquirer.net - Kristine Felisse Mangunay - January 26, 2011

The anti-smoking ordinance bans smoking in public places. The report, which assessed the city's implementation of Municipal Ordinance 2006-2007, ...

Maasin City seeks strict implementation of “No Smoking” policy in public places
Philippine Information Agency - R.G. Cadavos - January 26, 2011

... 8749 or known as the Philippine Air Act and Republic Act No 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act, the city government filed an ordinance prohibiting smoking ...

Banaue town bans smoking in public
Philippine Information Agency - January 24, 2011

BANAUE, Ifugao, January 24 (PIA) –The local government unit (LGU) here has sought remedy to abate the continuous indiscriminate smoking in public buildings and places in the municipality.

Recently, the LGU has banned smoking in government offices, public and private schools premises including public utility passenger vehicles as long as a passenger is on board.

The prohibition was in support of the anti-smoking campaign of the municipality as contained in the ordinance crafted recently by the local legislators to protect the people from the harmful effects of tobacco products.

According to the ordinance, it would be unlawful for any person to smoke cigarettes or any items of the same effect inside the municipal and national offices, private or public school premises, and all types of public utility passenger vehicles in the municipality ...

Roxas City steps up campaign to ban smoking in public
Philippine Information Agency - Alex A. Lumaque - January 20, 2011

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Jan. 20 (PIA) – Roxas City is stepping up its efforts to strictly ban smoking in public places with its renewed enforcement of its anti-smoking ordinance.

The campaign is particularly noticeable at the Roxas City hall as a lot of anti-smoking posters were put at the various corners of the government center. Even city government employees were warned that they will be laid off once they are caught smoking inside their offices.

Roxas City Mayor Angel Alan Celino supports the campaign.

A task force will apprehend violators that will penalize offenders of P1,000 to P3,000 on first to third offense.

The ordinance is reinforced by Republic Act 9211, otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003. ...

LGU Valencia endorses anti-smoking ordinance
Philippine Information Agency - Jennifer Catan-Tilos - January 12, 2011

DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan. 12 (PIA) -- The local government of Valencia signifies commitment to support the implementation of a non-smoking ordinance especially on public places.

Valencia Mayor Enrique Gonzalez, who is a non-smoker, said he will join the national advocacy campaign against tuberculosis and lung disease spearheaded by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). ...

7 metro cities to clamp down on smoking
Manila Standard Today - Gigi Muñoz David - December 7, 2010

MARIKINA City and six other Metro Manila local government units have formed an alliance to combat smoking in accordance with Republic Act 9211 or Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.

The alliance, to be called G-7, is composed of Marikina, and Pasig, Mandaluyong, Caloocan, Makati, Manila and Quezon cities.

It was formed during the Phase 2 workshop-seminar on Greater Teeth and Tools for the Enforcement and Implementation of the Tobacco Regulation Act organized by the University of the Philippines College of Law Development Foundation Inc. ...

Baguio launches ESHUT, "100% Smoke Free Baguio City" campaign
Philippine Information Agency - Lito Dar - December 7, 2010

Baguio City (7 December) -- The City Health Services Office, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH-CAR) launched the advocacy on the Environmentally Sustainable Healthy Urban Transport (ESHUT) and the 100% Smoke-free Baguio City during the flag raising ceremony at the City Hall Grounds last Monday.

In a press conference after the launching, City Health officer Dr. Florence Reyes stressed that the advocacy is in line with Republic Act 9211 or the Clean Air Act and the Comprehensive Anti-smoking ordinance of Baguio.'If Davao and Roxas can make their city smoking-free, then we can also do it here in Baguio,' Reyes said.

Reyes lauded Mayor Mauricio Domogan for his full support for the campaign in making the city of Baguio 100 percent tobacco free. ...

Quezon City Forms 'Smoke-Free' Task Force
Manila Bulletin - Chito A. Chavez - November 9, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government has created a “smoke-free” task force to ensure full public compliance in the city’s intensified campaign on health consciousness and drive against smoking in public places.

Mayor Herbert Bautista said the task force will monitor public places and conveyances, buildings, both public and private, and other public places in order to protect the public from the ill-effects of tobacco substances.

On June 23, 2003, the National Government enacted Republic Act No. 9211, otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulations Act, with the intention of regulating the packing, use, distribution and advertisement of tobacco products and for other purposes.

Likewise, the Civil Service Commission on May 29, 2009 issued a Memorandum Circular No. 17, S-2009 addressing all heads of the departments, bureaus, and agencies of the national government, local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations with original charters and state universities and colleges to prohibit smoking based on 100 percent smoke-free environment policy.

The Quezon City government, in compliance with the implementing rules and regulations of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 and the Civil Service Commission memorandum circular, enacted ordinance number SP-1515, S-2005 prohibiting smoking in public places including public conveyances ...

DOH hails Nueva Vizcaya's "smoke-free" ordinance
Philippine Information Agency - Ben Moses Ebreo - November 9, 2010

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (November 9) -- The Department of Health (DOH) has praised the province Monday for the launching of its "Smoke-Free" ordinance.

""We are very impressed with your smokefree ordinance that included not only public places, workplaces and public conveyances but also public outdoor places. This will surely safeguard public health and ensure the physical well-being of the citizens of this province," DOH assistant secretary Nemesio Gako stressed.

He said that while the ordinance will benefit nonsmokers and smokers alike, it will also serve as an inspiration and role model to other provinces, cities and municipalities with the "excellent tobacco control measures."

He also expressed optimism that the implementation of the ordinance will not solely depend on the duties and responsibilities of the provincial enforcement team but would also elicit support and prompt action of all Novo Vizcayanos.

"It is everyone's duty and right to politely tell them to smoke in an open space that is far from everybody else. Better yet, convince them to quit," Gako further stated. ...

Nueva Vizcaya launches "smoke-free" ordinance
Philippine Information Agency - Ben Moses Ebreo - November 8, 2010

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (November 8) -- Provincial officials and anti-smoking advocates here Monday have launched the "Smoke-Free" ordinance to regulate the habit of smoking in public places.

Known as Ordinance No 2010-049 or "Smoke-Free Ordinance of Nueva Vizcaya", the measure prohibits smoking in certain public places, including public conveyances and imposing penalties for violations.

Attended and participated by government officials, students and civil society groups, the launching was highlighted by a program at the provincial capitol, signing of the pledge of commitment by all stakeholders and a motorcade from Bayombong and Solano towns, a press conference and a planning workshop by the Nueva Vizcaya Smoke-Free Council(NVSFC).

"Rest assured that this law will not exempt or excuse no one even me and vice governor Jose Gambito," said governor Luisa Cuaresma. ...

CHUA: The Smoking Ban Controversy
Health@Heart
The News Today (ph), 2010-11-03
Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS

CEBU had an existing ban on smoking in public establishments. The laudable goal was to have a smoke-free city by year 2006. Achieving this would earn Cebu the enviable distinction of being one of the healthiest cities and tourist spots in the world.

However, there were some city legislators who want to amend the ordinance to allow smoking after 9:00 P.M. and for the creation of smoking areas in shopping malls, restaurants, etc.

Do these obviously ignorant officials think that active and passive smoking cause cancers, cardiovascular and lung diseases only before 9:00 P.M. ...

House 'snapshot' under influence of tobacco bloc
Philippine Daily Inquirer (ph), 2010-10-21
Volt Contreras Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tobacco control advocate Mary Assunta needed only to sit through a congressional meeting in the Philippines to feel the forces at work against her cause in a country where over 17 million people or almost a third of the adult population smoke.

"I was quite surprised to see some of the congressmen present there and was particularly taken aback by some of the comments made," said Assunta, a Malaysian national based in Australia, who in 2008 attended a technical committee meeting as an invited resource person at the House of Representatives. ...

Cities Vow to Implement Tobacco Control Law
Manila Bulletin - Nicole O. Ong - October 14, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Officials from seven cities in Metro Manila have vowed to strictly implement Republic Act 9211, otherwise known as the tobacco control law.

The cities of Manila, Makati, Pasig, Caloocan, Marikina, Mandaluyong, and Quezon City have long adopted the anti-smoking law by enforcing outdoor advertising ban, as well as restricting smoking in several establishments.

But during the meeting arranged by the UP College of Law Development Foundation Inc., representatives from the seven cities, known as the G7, agreed that there should be an increase in public awareness with regards to the dangers of smoking.

Manila, in particular, has been gung-ho in restricting minors from smoking, with the Manila Anti-Smoking Task Force prohibiting anybody from selling cigarettes within a 100-meter radius from schools. Dr. Regina M. Bartolome, member-secretariat of the force, said that they are informing the public on the city's tobacco control policy by means of the "infringement reporting mechanism" and the reporting package coming from the Department of Health (DoH). ...

Cig smoke in night spots far exceeds WHO acceptable level
GMANews.TV (ph), 2010-10-08
Howie Severino/JV, GMANews.TV

There are other threats to life in karaoke bars than singing My Way the wrong way.

A recent Department of Health research study has determined that entertainment venues such as these popular night spots pose a high health risk because of the thick cloud of cigarette smoke that often shrouds the singers.

Using special instruments for measuring indoor air pollution, a team led by researcher Rene Timbang found that karaoke and music bars that still permit smoking expose their customers, after just 30 minutes, to six times the daily acceptable level of tobacco toxins set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"Most of the customers are smokers," Timbang says. But he stressed that non-smoking customers are exposed to the same health risks by inhaling the second-hand smoke from the smokers. ...

Nueva Vizcaya smoke-free project gets P.4M fund
Philippine Information Agency - Ben Moses Ebreo - September 27, 2010

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (September 27) -- The Smoke-Free Nueva Vizcaya Project here is expected to roll out in 2011 with the allocation of at least P.4 million recently by the Provincial Development Council (PDC).

The Smoke-Free Nueva Vizcaya Project involves the full implementation of the provincial board ordinance on anti-smoking.

"This program will have several components to fully institutionalize the anti-smoking ordinance such as massive information dissemination activities, smoking cessation programs and activities and reward system for anti-smoking advocates among others," said Dr. Edwin Galapon, provincial health officer.

The provincial ordinance was approved in March 10 this year, prohibiting smoking in public places, transportation terminals and schools among other places in the province. ...

Caloocan Toughens Smoking Ban
Manila Bulletin - Ed Mahilum - September 10, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - Cigarette smoking is now strictly prohibited in all public areas in Caloocan City after Mayor Enrico Echiverri formally signed an executive order on the strict implementation of a city ordinance which bans cigarette smoking.

In a summit conference held at the Bulwagan Katipunan in Caloocan City last Tuesday, Echiverri appealed the public to support City Ordinance No. 0447, series of 2008.
The mayor noted that he quit smoking just three months ago. "Pinag-aralan ko kung anu ang makukuha ko sa paninigarilyo, pakiramdam ko ay 32 years old, healthy ang feeling (I studied what would I get from smoking I felt like I’m 32 years old, I feel healthy)," the mayor said.

Echiverri said the city will create a task force to enforce the ordinance.

The city council quoted scientific studies and statistical data showing that second-hand smoke poses serious health hazards to persons who are in the presence of smokers.

The council also cited the latest survey of the World Health Organization (WHO) that about 3.5-million to 4 million people all over the world die each year from smoking and inhaling secondary smoke. ...

Iloilo City steps up anti-smoking drive
News Today Online - August 19, 2010

Amendments will be made on the Iloilo City Regulation Ordinance 2006-150 to make it more comprehensive and active in its anti-smoking campaign.

Starting September 1, the campaign will be vigorous with deputized agents going around the city to issue citation tickets to violators, said Councilor Joshua Alim, chairman of the reactivated Anti-Smoking Task Force.

Alim said Executive Order 099-A recently issued by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog will resuscitate and strengthen the campaign on smoking as absolutely prohibited in schools, public buildings, public conveyances and government vehicles, fire hazard locations and within public and private hospitals, medical, dental and optical clinics.

He said that smoking maybe allowed in designated smoking areas but shall be prohibited in any enclosed public places such as accommodation and entertainment establishments. ...

DOH: Report anti-smoking violators via text
GMANews.TV (ph), 2010-08-02
CANDICE MONTENEGRO, GMANews.TV

The public can now report violations of the government's anti-smoking campaign simply by texting "NOSI" to 2256.

The NOSI (No to Yosi) campaign is a project of the Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development in Metro Manila.

Aside from "texting" or Short Message System (SMS), the public can also report smoking ban violators by calling 661-3747 or logging on to www.nosi.com.ph .

For texters, after sending the keyword "NOSI" to 2256, the sender will receive a confirmation message from the DOH.

The sender will be asked for information about the incident, such as: - the name of the establishment or the license plate of the public transport - date and time the incident happened, and - address of the establishment or the route of the public transport. . . .

Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act prohibits "smoking in public places like hospitals and clinics, schools, elevators and stairwells, public facilities including airports and train stations, and food preparation areas." ...

Zambo Norte gov bats for smoke-free workplace
Philippine Information Agency - July 28, 2010

Zamboanga del Norte Governor Rolando E. Yebes has recently issued an order banning smoking within the premises of the provincial capitol and in all other ...

Government officials, employees banned from dealing with industry
BusinessWorld Online - June 24, 2010

GOVERNMENT officials and employees have been prohibited to interact with tobacco industry members under a joint circular issued by the Department of Health (DoH) and Civil Service Commission (CSC), pursuant to the government’s anti-smoking campaign.

Under Joint Memorandum Circular 2010-01, government workers are banned to interact with any tobacco corporation or company, except "when strictly necessary for the latter’s effective regulation, supervision, or control."

Health Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral, in an interview, said the memorandum is based on the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control signed in 2003, which the Senate ratified in 2005.

Signatory states have committed to implement "public health policies with respect to tobacco control." ...

NVizcaya gears up for public hearing on no-smoking ordinance
Philippine Information Agency - Ben Moses Ebreo - June 17, 2010

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (June 17) -- Provincial officials here are now in the process of coordinating with various sectors in the province for the conducting of a public hearing and information dissemination activities in support to the recently-approved no-smoking ordinance.

"We are at present coordinating with affected sectors so that we can implement this ordinance fully and properly," said board member Edgardo Balgos, one of the sponsors of the ordinance.

Signed by Governor Luisa Cuaresma on May 25, 2010, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ordinance No. 2010-049 entitled "An Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in Certain Public Places Including Public Conveyances, Imposing Penalties for Violations Thereof and Providing Funds Therefore", was anchored on the provision of the 1987 Constitution, mandating the state to protect the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them; the Republic Act 7160 of the Local Government Code of 1991's promotion of the general welfare of its constituents to include among others, the promotion of their health and safety; Section 24 of Republic Act 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 which prohibits smoking inside enclosed public places, public vehicles and LGUs are directed by law to implement the provision; and section 5 of Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 which prohibits smoking in certain public places whether enclosed or outdoors like centers of youth activity, public facilities and public conveyances.

The ordinance defines public conveyances as a mode of transport such as but not limited to jeepneys, buses, tricycles and other similar vehicles. ...

Smoking in schools banned
Manila Bulletin - Ina Hernando-Malipot - June 8, 2010

Starting this coming school year, nobody is allowed to smoke cigarettes or tobacco products inside the school premises.

The announcement was made after the Department of Education (DepEd) instructed all principals and school heads to prohibit smoking inside the campus including open or covered spaces around school buildings.

Education Secretary Mona Valisno said the DepEd order No. 73 or “Smoking Ban in Public Schools” which was released in June 4, ordered public schools to ban smoking in public schools effective immediately.

“There have been existing DepEd orders on smoking ban but with this, we want to affirm that the schools – including the students, teachers, and non-teaching staff – are covered,” she said.

Valisno ensured that the DepEd will be strict in implementing the smoking ban in all school premises “to protect our school children from inhaling second hand smoke.”

She also instructed regional and division officials to oversee the implementation of this order in their respective school areas and territories. ...

'No Smoking' in Palace of Justice
Cebu Daily News (ph), 2010-03-22
Ador Vincent S. Mayol, Reporter

NO smoking in courts please.

The Supreme Court made this request as it reiterated calls to avoid smoking inside public buildings after three lawyers were seen smoking inside the Public Information Office of the SC building in Ermita, Manila.
In an en banc resolution penned by Associate Justice Arturo Brion, the high court said the courts should designate areas for smoking.

The high court warned lawyers Brandon Domingo, Leo Felix Domingo, and Emiliana Helen Ubongen that a repetition of any prohibited smoking under the law and against internal court policies shall be dealt with more severely. ...

30-M Filipinos exposed to cigarette smoke at home
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2010-03-19
JENNY F. MANONGDO

Some 29.8 million Filipinos are exposed to cigarette smoke inside their homes, a national survey said, prompting health authorities to campaign against smoking even inside homes and in public places.

The first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) revealed that "almost half of Filipinos," or 48.8 percent of those who were surveyed, are inhaling tobacco smoke inside their dwellings while 54 percent, representing 32.9 million of the population reported that someone smokes inside their homes.

The GATS 2009 gathered a total of 9,705 individuals 15 years old and above living in rural and urban areas nationwide. The number represents 61.3 million Filipinos in this age bracket.

Interestingly, the knowledge, perception and attitude of the surveyed population on the ill effects of tobacco smoking were high.

Ninety-four percent of them know that smoking causes serious diseases; 95.6 percent believe that smoking can cause lung cancer, 81.3 percent believe smoking can lead to heart attack, and 75.5 percent are aware that smoking can cause stroke. ...

Smoking near pregnant women, children carries stiff penalties in ComVal
Manila Bulletin - Mick M. Basa - March 9, 2010

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley – Smoking anywhere near pregnant women and children is now banned in this province and carries stiff penalties under a new code approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board).

The provision is contained in the 58-page Children’s Code of Compostela Valley (ComVal) which was approved recently to uphold the rights of children to the protection of their health even during the prenatal period.

“This (no smoking near pregnant women and children) is one of the unique provisions in our province. We recognize the right of the child even when it is still in the womb of its mother,” Board Member Carmen Zamora-Apsay told reporters at the Provincial Capitol last Monday.

Violation tickets will be issued as a warning to first-time offenders. However, the second offense carries a fine of P5,000 and a third offense, qualifies the smoker to jail time. ...

Smoking ban in gov’t premises cited by DoH
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2010-02-05
JENNY F. MANONGDO

A day after announcing that smoking highly increases the risk of developing lung cancer, Health Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral warned government employees and people transacting with government agencies to strictly adhere to the no-smoking rule in government premises or face disciplinary action as stipulated under the Civil Service Commission's Memorandum Circular No. 17, series of 2009.

"In places providing services relating to health and youth activity, such as hospitals, health centers, schools, universities and colleges, smoking is absolutely prohibited and 'smoking areas' are not allowed," she said.
The other day, Cabral called a conference and emphasized that one of the ways to avoid lung cancer is to stop smoking. ...

Davao's anti-smoking ordinance cited by US group
Inquirer.net - Judy Quiros - January 6, 2010

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The city government continues to gain accolades for its anti-smoking ordinance, which is being implemented for the past seven years now.

Dr. Domilyn Villareiz, head of the Anti-Smoking Task Force, said the latest award was handed by the US-based Global Smoke Free Partnership (GSFP).

Villareiz said GSFP cited the city government for its exemplary leadership in implementing the ban on smoking in public places. The awarding rites were set for February.

The GSFP award is the second international award for the anti-smoking ordinance, which has been in force here since November 2002. ...

CSC issues 100% smoke free policy
Philippine Information Agency - January 6, 2010

Davao City (6 January) -- In light of the hazards and harmful effects brought by smoking to people's health, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued a policy that encourages people to quit smoking for health reasons.

CSC Memorandum Circular No. 17, series of 2009 dated May 29, 2009, declares 100% SMOKE FREE POLICY and SMOKING PROHIBITION in all areas of government premises, building and grounds, except for open spaces designated as smoking areas. This is to ensure a healthy and productive workforce.

A "smoking area" refers to an outdoor space designated by the head of the agency that meets the following requirements: ....

Bid made to give more teeth to QC no-smoking regulations
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2009-12-14
CHITO A. CHAVEZ

To ensure the strict implementation of the no-smoking regulations in designated areas, a Quezon City councilor proposed the creation of a task force that will also conduct educational awareness campaigns, information dissemination schemes and capacity-building programs.
Embodied in the proposed "smoke-free'' ordinance, Councilor Dorothy Delarmente of the city's First District issued the clarification in response to the opposition of the Morato Business Club (MBC) to her proposal.
MBC adviser Edwin Rodriguez said the group opposes the proposed measure since no public consultation was made on the proposed ordinance, adding they were surprised to find that the proposal was already on third and final reading. . . .

Delarmente, who is a medical doctor by profession, said second-hand smoke inhalation is dangerous especially if inhaled by infants and small children.

She disputed Rodriguez's claim that her proposal seeks to totally ban smoking in public establishments, saying her measures merely seeks stronger enforcement of the no-smoking regulations in non-designated smoking areas. ...

Davao City smoking ban gains world recognition
Manila Bulletin - Mick Basa - November 13, 2009

DAVAO CITY – The city government’s stiff campaign against smoking here has gained global recognition for its commitment to promote smoke-free policies.

This, as the Global Smoke-free Partnership (GSP) recently announced its winners for this year, with the Davao City Anti-Smoking Task Force winning in the governmental body category.

In a statement sent to Manila Bulletin on Thursday through fax, GSP said the city’s anti-smoking task force came out on top for its “exceptional leadership and commitment to further smoke-free policies by a governmental agency.”

GSP is an international organization formed to promote effective smoke-free air policies worldwide. The partnership is a fusion of American Cancer Society and the Framework Convention Alliance to bring the World Hearth Federation and International Union Against Cancer and other organizations to advocate for and reinforce anti-tobacco policies.

Since 2002, it is unlawful to smoke or allow smoking in public buildings, vehicles, enclosed areas and other areas that the local government designated as non-smoking places in this city. ...

20 percent of Metro heart attacks due to passive smoke
By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net, October 26, 2009

MANILA, Philippines—Second-hand smoke causes over 20 percent of the number of heart attacks in Metro Manila, officials from the Department of Health (DoH) said on Monday.

One to seven hours of weekly exposure to second-hand smoke increases the number of heart attacks or acute myocardial infarction by 10 percent and a weekly exposure of 21 hours in turn raises the number of heart attacks by 20 percent, said DoH Secretary Francisco Duque III quoting an international study.

The study from the World Lung Foundation and International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) also found that over 50 percent of Filipinos in Manila are exposed to second-hand smoke daily—meaning there is a high likelihood of regular exposure to passive smoking, said Duque.

The health secretary added heart attacks and circulatory systems diseases—the top two killer diseases in 2005 which caused over 130,000 deaths—are caused by exposure to second-hand smoking, a scenario that can be prevented if tobacco control ordinances are implemented and followed nationwide. ...

Baguio wants to copy city's smoking ban
Cebu City Sun Star (ph), 2009-09-09

DAVAO City garnered praises from Baguio City during the Baguio Centennial Sister Summit on August 31, City Councilor Rachel Zozobrado said Tuesday.

The city's delegates -- Councilors Susana Isabel Reta, Louie John Bonguyan, Rachel Zozobrado, and Vice Mayor Sara Duterte -- presented the city to their best, said Zozobrado also committee on international relations chair.

"The trip to Baguio City was an opportunity to showcase Davao City as an emerging premiere city of the country. It was also another manifestation of how we can achieve concrete benefits from sister city and twinning agreements," Zozobrado said.

"We proudly presented to them our city's landmark legislations, such as the No Smoking Ordinance, the Firecracker Ban, the Tourism Code, the Women's Development Code, to name a few including the proposed Anti-Spitting Ordinance," Zozobrado said in her privilege speech. ...

QC councilor wants 'more teeth' in anti-smoking law
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2009-08-08
CHITO A. CHAVEZ

In a bid to toughen up the no smoking policy in the city, a Quezon City councilor proposed stricter penalties on violators.

Councilor Dorothy Delarmente, a medical doctor by profession, said her proposed ordinance seeks to give the city government and other concerned authorities "more teeth" in collaring the violators of the smoking ban in public places and public utility vehicles (PUVs).

Under her proposal, it shall be unlawful for any individual to smoke, and for any person in charge to allow smoking in all enclosed or partially enclosed public places and workplaces like bars and restaurants. ...

Amlan implements first smoke-free ordinance in Region 7
Philippine Information Agency - Rachelle M. Nessia - July 17, 2009

Dumaguete City (17 July) -- The municipality of Amlan is implementing today (July 17) its smoke-free ordinance, the first in Negros Oriental and in the region.

Amlan Mayor Bentham de la Cruz disclosed that said ordinance was approved this June by the Sangguniang Bayan of Amlan and is scheduled to be implemented today.

Starting today, smoking is prohibited in public places in Amlan such as the public market, gymnasium, municipal hall and even the small tindahan. "Smokers can buy cigarettes in stores but they are prohibited from smoking in these places," said de la Cruz.

The mayor stressed that smokers can continue smoking but not in public places and only in designated areas. ...

Civil Service orders total smoking ban in all health facilities, schools
Philippine Star (ph), 2009-07-05
Reinir Padua

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has ordered a total smoking ban in all state health facilities, schools and universities.

In a recently issued memorandum circular, the CSC also prohibited smoking in all other government premises, building and grounds, except in open areas designated as smoking areas.

It likewise prohibited smoking in government vehicles and ordered ashtrays and other receptacles for dispensing cigarette butts removed from non-smoking areas.

The CSC said the move aims "to ensure a healthy and productive workforce," and government workers caught violating the new rules "will be met with disciplinary action under civil service laws and rules."

According to the CSC, the circular is based on Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 and the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. ...

Warning to smokers
Inquirer.net (ph), 2009-06-30
Rina Jimenez-David

Two cities in Metro Manila have joined others in implementing a ban on smoking in public places contained in RA 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003. Recently, Mandaluyong and Muntinlupa created task forces and launched campaigns to enforce the law, several years after the law was passed, but a welcome development anyway.
In Muntinlupa, a task force has been created by the city government to ensure that public places-- City Hall, plazas, roads and churches, to name some--are smoke-free. The task force implements an executive order issued by Mayor Aldrin San Pedro, mandating it to apprehend violators of the ban and holding educational campaigns against smoking. ...

Muntinlupa bars smokers from public places
Inquirer.net - Niña Catherine Calleja - June 25, 2009

MANILA, Philippines -- Bad news for Muntinlupa City residents who are hooked on nicotine.

Beginning this week, members of a task force created by the city government will be going around Muntinlupa to apprehend people who smoke in public places.

According to the city public information office, the task force will help ensure that all public places in Muntinlupa, including city hall, plazas, roads and churches, will be smoke-free from now on. ...

Second-hand smoke victims can fight back
Manila Bulletin (ph), 2009-06-16
JENNY F. MANONGDO

Annoyed by inhaling second-hand tobacco smoke? You have the right to tell the smoker to stop smoking or carry his habit elsewhere, antitobacco advocates Monday said.

Some eight million residents of Metro Manila who are exposed to second-hand smoke weekly have expressed their frustration as reflected in a joint survey done by the government and by an international non-government organization committed to empowering governments in preventing and managing lung ailments, resulting from smoking.

However, out of the 8.7 million people living in Manila who admitted they are upset when they inhale second hand smoke weekly, only eight percent have the courage to stand up and make known their frustrations.
This was shown in a comprehensive survey, "Second-hand smoking in Metro Manila," commissioned by the Department of Health (DoH) Center for Health Development-Metro Manila (CHD-MM) and World Lung Foundation and funded by the Bloomberg initiative, a foreign funding agency aiming to reduce tobacco consumption in low and middle income countries. ...

Maasin City dad launches smoking ban in public work places
Philippine Information Agency - June 2, 2009

Maasin City (June 2) -- Maasin City Mayor Maloney Samaco launched the No Smoking Day yearly celebration during the Flag Ceremony program among the Maasin City hall employees last June 1 to initiate the campaign against smoking epidemic and for the people to claim their right to health and healthy living in the locality.

The World Health Organization called for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day every year on 31 May.

Mayor Maloney Samaco inculcated among the city hall employees to support in the implementation of smoking ban in public places especially within the vicinities of the city hall offices. However, that for a start, he will not be to keen for a total ban in smoking yet but will designate areas in public working places for a smoking area.

He will urge the Sangguniang Panglungsod to study the legality and chances to increase cigarette taxes in the locality so as to discourage smoke users from buying expensive cigarettes. ...

Aguilar: Smoking a no-no
Manila Standard Today, Philippines, January 29, 2009

Las Piñas City Mayor Vergel Aguilar has called for full compliance with the ordinance that bans smoking in public, noting health concerns.

“With the present economic crisis brought about by the global financial meltdown, to get sick is impermissible,” he said.

City Ordinance 353-97 prohibits smoking in the premises of government offices, and owned/controlled corporations; private and public preparatory, elementary, high schools and colleges; private and public hospitals, medical and dental clinics, and laboratories; moviehouses and auditoriums; bakeshops and beauty parlors/salons; public comfort rooms/toilets; public transports; warehouses/bodegas; storerooms/stock rooms of flammable liquids or gas; carriers of explosives and combustible materials; and gasoline stations.