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Smaller and smaller spaces: Duterte signs EO limiting smoking areas nationwide

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Smokers’ havens just got smaller after President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order banning smoking nationwide.

Executive Order No. 26, titled “Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environments in Public and Enclosed Spaces,” was signed on May 16 but a copy was only released to the media on May 18.

Under the EO, the following acts are banned:

• Smoking within enclosed public places and public conveyances, whether stationary or in motion, except in designated smoking areas (DSAs)
• Allowing, abetting, or tolerating smoking in prohibited areas
• Smoking, selling, or buying tobacco products by minors
• Selling, distributing, or purchasing tobacco products while using the defense that one didn’t know the real age of a minor or didn’t know nor had any reason to believe that the product would be consumed by a minor
• Ordering, instructing, or compelling a minor to use, light up, buy, sell, distribute, deliver, advertise, or promote tobacco products
• Selling or distributing tobacco products in a school, public playground, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for minors, including those frequented by minors, or within 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of these places
• Placing, posting, displaying, or distributing advertisement and promotional materials of tobacco products, such as but not limited to leaflets, posters, display structures, and other materials within 10 meters from the perimeter of a school, public playground, and other facilities frequented particularly by minors, hostel, and recreational facilities for minors, including those frequented by them, or in an establishment when its location is prohibited from selling tobacco products
• Placing any form of tobacco advertisement outside of the premises of point-of-sale retail establishments
• Placing any stall, booth, and other displays concerning tobacco promotions to areas outside the premises of point-of-sale locations or adult-only facilities

The EO was patterned after an anti-smoking ordinance that Duterte signed when he was mayor in Davao City.

Violators will be meted out the punishments provided for in Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.

EO No. 26 will become effective 60 days after it is published in a newspaper of general circulation.