Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Nationwide smoking ban to be implemented in the Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier expressed his plans of implementing a nationwide smoking ban on public places, just like the no-smoking ban in Davao that he implemented when he was still the city's mayor.

"Balang araw buong Pilipinas, I will not allow smoking because you pass cancer to the people," the president said.

In Davao, smoking is strictly prohibited in open and enclosed public areas. Establishments can still designate smoking areas but these should be outdoor spaces with no walls nor roofs that chemicals can cling on to. They should also be away from the public.

Meanwhile, In an announcement recently made by Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial, the executive order (EO) implementing a no-smoking policy nationwide is expected to be signed by the president this month.

"We already submitted the draft executive order and the President will probably sign it within October," Ubial said, as quoted by The Philippine Star.

Cigarette smoking is dangerous not just to the smokers' health but to those who get to inhale the secondhand smoke as well.

According to health experts, about 10 Filipinos die of smoking-related diseases every hour. Lung cancer is also the top cause of cancer-related deaths among men and the third cause of cancer deaths among women in the Philippines.

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