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“No smoking” signs are to be posted in all public places.
The order also called on civilians to join a “Smoke Free Task Force to help carry out the provisions of this order” and apprehend and charge violators.
Gangs of vigilantes have taken seriously the president’s call to slaughter addicts. Duterte of encouraging these vigilantes and overlooking extrajudicial killings by police officers. Aquino III, signed a law in 2014 requiring bold, graphic health warnings on all cigarette packages, but studies show it has done little to stub the vice in this country of 104 million.
Violators of the smoking ban in the Philippines could face up to four months in jail and a fine of 5,000 pesos, around 0, the presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said on Thursday. The Philippines is the second-largest tobacco consumer in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia, according to the Philippines Health Department.
The World Health Organization’s Global Tobacco Epidemic report in 2015 estimated that 11.8 percent of Filipinos ages 13 to 15 used tobacco. It said that only a few governments appropriately taxed tobacco products, a “proven, low-cost measure to curb demand.”The W.
Small neighborhood stores in the Philippines commonly sell single cigarettes even to minors, who often say they are running errands for their elders.
It also prohibits anyone under 18 from “using, selling or buying cigarettes or tobacco products.”More than a quarter of Filipinos smoke, according to a 2015 World Health Organization report, including 11 percent of minors.
Calling for citizens to enforce the ban raises the specter of vigilantes’ carrying out their own interpretation of Mr.