MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte signed the executive order (EO) Tuesday, 16 May, banning smoking in all public places nationwide.
The EO 26 will make public places like bus stations, parks, inside vehicles, etc., free from cigarette smoke.
In a text message to Rappler, Secretary of Health Paulyn Ubial confirmed that the president signed the order on May 16.
“He signed it May 16 but we got [a] copy only today.”
Ubial also stated that they will now begin drafting the EO’s implementing rules and regulations.
“We are happy! It’s really comprehensive and [the designated smoking areas] are very strict!” she added.
The smoking ban is patterned after no smoking policy in Davao City when Duterte was still the city’s mayor, reported sunstar.
Duterte noted that smoking carries disease not only to smokers but also to those who are exposed to secondhand smoke.
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