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.
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for the amendment of the Smoke-Free Ordinance in Dumaguete City which
is set to be ...
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ifs and butts about it
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including ... cigarette is put out, the residue left behind could constitute
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pushes through with anti-smoking drive
beefs up anti-smoking campaign
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... Currently, apprehended smokers are fined P500 or required to do
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and the efforts ...
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advertising; and ... Along with this, the city has strictly monitored
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complaints from cigarette companies.
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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).
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 is consistent with the implementation and enforcement
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smoking and littering based on two policies: MMDA's regulation no. 96-009
against littering ...
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town imposes no smoking in public places and utility vehicles
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is in support of the anti-smoking campaign and the unrelenting effort
of the local ...
cops take on smokers
Rosa aims for a smoke-free city
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
is now a smoke-free town
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of cigarettes and other tobacco products which shall apply to all persons,
Calling tobacco "a scourge all over the world" and accusing
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but also to the ...
Organisers of the tobacco exhibits, among the largest in the world,
said city authorities waived an indoor smoking ban for delegates.
to implement anti-smoking ordinance
By Ruel B. Francisco AMADEO, Cavite, Mar 6 (PIA) The Sangguniang
Bayan of this municipality recently passed an ordinance prohibiting
smoking within the ...
City Intensifies Anti-Smoking
... barangay leaders to fully implement in their respective barangay
the anti-smoking ordinances. Prior to the passing of the city's Anti-smoking
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 ...
bill to protect kids from hazards of smoking pushed
... 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 ...
SMOKING in front or near children will be soon punishable, should a
bill is passed ... by protecting children from exposure to environmental
ban nets 20000 violators
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 ...
The City of Parañaque has issued implementing guidelines that
ban smoking in places of public worship, inside museums, libraries,
theaters, auditoriums and ...
Of Saint Valentine Tuesday
After being cut by almost half - the tobacco-planting area went down
from ... information on tobacco product packages and a resolution banning
tobacco ads ...
ban stays during athletic meet in Maasin City
City holds 1st Health Summit
conducts enforcers' training on smokefree ordinance
youth groups want cigarette-free city
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. ...
Hall to penalize smoking ban violators
bans smoking in Capitol
is making strides in its campaign against tobacco use
exhort public to take stand against smoking
sets up cigarette bins
launches smoke-free campaign
claims 10 Filipinos die every hour from smoking
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. ...
rescued off Cabra Island
ban resumes in Metro Manila
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TRO on smoking ban ends
inspires local governments to do more
backs 100% smoke-free govt offices
mulls creation of stricter anti-smoking ordinance
Laus said smoking must be discouraged and banned from public areas,
hospitals, business establishments, and public terminals among others.
keeps restraining order on Philippine metropolitan agency's ...
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. ...
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ban gets more teeth
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halts MMDA smoking ban on roads
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a "success." ...
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Oriental adopts smoke-free ordinance
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apprehended in Metro Manila for smoking
DOH call for smoke-free Central Luzon
in Cebu office spaces
drops idea of turning urinals into smoking areas
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.
. . . ...
Negros Oriental LGUs adopting smoke-free ordinance
Police to arrest smokers, too
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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. ...
in open spaces allowed by law - tobacco firms
tapped to help in anti-smoking ban in Metro Manila
reminded not to smoke in public or pay fine
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nets 365 no-smoking violators in 3 days
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City all-out against smoking
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to ban smoking at Zamboanga detention facility
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entry of cigarettes at its detention facility in this city starting
on Monday, July 4, a BJMP official announced. ...
back MMDAs intensified drive vs. smoking
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in its campaign to rid the metropolis of harmful cigarette smoke and
smoking violators caught in Metro Manila
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the no-smoking drive of the Metro Manila Development Authority on Friday,
an MMDA official said. ...
Hundreds of people were fined as a smoking ban in public places went
into force in the Philippines' sprawling capital Friday. ...
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. ...
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gov leads launching of anti-smoking campaign
for a smoke-free Biliran formally launched
hand smoke remains health risk
smoking ban enforced by July 1
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. ...
campaign gathers momentum
Run for 100% smoke-free Baguio set on June 18
anti-smoking team to learn more in Davao
implements smoke free policy
do you think of the smoking ban in public places in Metro Manila?
of Maasin is a smoke-free zone, city Mayor declares
wants smoking ban enforced
The Philippines as a Smoke-Free and Law-Abiding Country
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. ...
to ban tobacco, lighters
MAASIN City in Southern Leyte province plans to ban cigarettes and
lighters following the citys tobacco-free campaign. ...
urge nationwide smoking ban
capital to enforce smoking ban
laud Cebu City smoking ban
ties up with Bloomberg for a smoke free Philippines campaign
city gov't ink pact for smoke-free Roxas City
DoH step up drive vs smoking
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. ...
City enforces smoking ban in all public places
now a smoke-free municipality
bans smoking in buildings, public places
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. ...
President Benigno Aquino III should support a global campaign against smoking, doctors said. ...
cutting down on smoking
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. ...
gears up to sustain "Red Orchids" award for no smoking policy
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, ...
meted sanctions in Navotas City for violating smoking ban
town bans smoking in public
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 ...
City steps up campaign to ban smoking in public
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. ...
Valencia endorses anti-smoking ordinance
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). ...
metro cities to clamp down on smoking
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. ...
launches ESHUT, "100% Smoke Free Baguio City" campaign
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. ...
City Forms 'Smoke-Free' Task Force
MANILA, Philippines The Quezon City government has created a smoke-free task force to ensure full public compliance in the citys 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 ...
hails Nueva Vizcaya's "smoke-free" ordinance
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. ...
Vizcaya launches "smoke-free" ordinance
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. ...
The Smoking Ban Controversy
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. ...
'snapshot' under influence of tobacco bloc
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. ...
Vow to Implement Tobacco Control Law
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). ...
smoke in night spots far exceeds WHO acceptable level
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. ...
Vizcaya smoke-free project gets P.4M fund
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. ...
Toughens Smoking Ban
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.
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. ...
City steps up anti-smoking drive
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. ...
Report anti-smoking violators via text
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." ...
Norte gov bats for smoke-free workplace
officials, employees banned from dealing with industry
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 governments 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 latters effective regulation, supervision, or control."
Health Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral, in an interview, said the memorandum is based on the World Health Organizations 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." ...
gears up for public hearing on no-smoking ordinance
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.
in schools banned
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.
Smoking' in Palace of Justice
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.
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. ...
Filipinos exposed to cigarette smoke at home
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. ...
near pregnant women, children carries stiff penalties in ComVal
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 Childrens 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. ...
ban in govt premises cited by DoH
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,"
anti-smoking ordinance cited by US group
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. ...
issues 100% smoke free policy
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: ....
made to give more teeth to QC no-smoking regulations
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.
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. ...
City smoking ban gains world recognition
DAVAO CITY The city governments 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 citys 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. ...
percent of Metro heart attacks due to passive smoke
MANILA, PhilippinesSecond-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 dailymeaning there is a high likelihood of regular exposure to passive smoking, said Duque.
The health secretary added heart attacks and circulatory systems diseasesthe top two killer diseases in 2005 which caused over 130,000 deathsare caused by exposure to second-hand smoking, a scenario that can be prevented if tobacco control ordinances are implemented and followed nationwide. ...
wants to copy city's smoking ban
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. ...
councilor wants 'more teeth' in anti-smoking law
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. ...
implements first smoke-free ordinance in Region 7
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. ...
Service orders total smoking ban in all health facilities, schools
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. ...
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.
bars smokers from public places
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. ...
smoke victims can fight back
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.
City dad launches smoking ban in public work places
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. ...
Smoking a no-no
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.