Duterte signs executive order for smoking ban

President Duterte has signed the Executive order for smoking ban as announced by Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella. The Executive Order 26 was signed last Tuesday, May 16.

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Below are the Prohibited Acts under the executive order for smoking ban:

1. Smoking in enclosed public spaces and public conveyances

2. For “persons-in-charge” to allow, abet or tolerate smoking in places not designated for smoking

3. For a person to sell, distribute or purchase tobacco to and from minors

4. For a minor to smoke, sell or buy cigarettes or any other tobacco products

5. Ordering, instructing or compelling a minor to use, light up, buy, sell, distribute, deliver, advertise or promote tobacco products

6. Selling or distributing tobacco products in schools, public playgrounds, youth hostels and recreational facilities for minors or within 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of these places

7. Placing advertisement and promotional materials of tobacco products within 100 meters from the perimeter of a school, public playground, and other facilities frequented by minors

8. Placing any form of tobacco advertisement outside of the premises of point-of-sale retail establishments

9. Placing any stall, booth, and other displays concerning tobacco promotions to areas outside the premises of point-of-sale locations or adult-only franchises


The EO also requires the establishment of DESIGNATED SMOKING AREAS (DSAs), which may either be an open space or an enclosed area with proper ventilation. Here are the rules and standards for DSAs:

1. For a DSA in an enclosed space, there shall be no opening that will allow air to escape from the DSA to the smoke-free area of a building

2. A DSA shall not be located within 10 meters from entrances, exits, or any place where people pass or congregate, or in front of air intake ducts

3. A DSA and its non-smoking buffer zone shall not be larger than 20 percent of the total floor area of the building

4. No building or conveyance shall have more than one DSA

5. The ventilation system for the DSA in an enclosed space and its buffer zone shall be independent of all ventilation systems servicing the rest of the building or conveyance

6. Minors shall not be allowed in DSAs

7. DSAs shall have the following signage:

a. “Smoking Area” signage

b. Graphic health warnings on the effects of tobacco use

c. Prohibition on the entry of persons below 18 years old

Meanwhile, DSAs are barred from being established in or near these places:

1. Centers of youth activity such as schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for minors

2. Elevators and stairwells

3. Locations in which fire hazards are present (gas stations, storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials.)

4. Within the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals and other medical facilities

5. Food preparation areas


Persons-in-charge, meanwhile, are mandated to do the following:

1. Prominently post a “No Smoking” sign in locations most visible to the public in the areas where smoking is prohibited.

2. Prominently post and display the “No Smoking” signage in the most conspicuous location within a public conveyance.

3. Remove from the places where smoking is prohibited all ashtrays and other receptacles for disposing cigarettes

4. Post in schools, public playgrounds, youth hostels and recreational facilities for minors the signage banning sale, advertisement and promotion of cigarette or other tobacco products

5. Post in point-of-sale establishments a notice stating that the sale or distribution of tobacco products to minors is unlawful

The draft of the executive order for smoking ban landed on the President’s desk last March.

However, Pres. Duterte expressed that he would need to study the executive order further.

I’m measuring the resistance so whether I can compromise…Just give me enough time to study” he said that time.

The smoking ban was part of Duterte’s campaign promise, which is a similar policy he implemented in Davao City, where he was a mayor for 20 years.

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