MANILA (Updated) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the executive order (EO) 26 that prohibits smoking in all public places nationwide.
The EO on nationwide smoking ban was signed on Tuesday, May 16, said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
Through EO 26, all public places will now be 100-percent smoke-free.
"Scientific evidence has unequivocally established that tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco cause death, disease and disability, lead to devastating health, social, economic and environmental consequences, and places burdens on families, on the poor, and on national and local health systems," Duterte said.
"An increasing number of Filipinos become afflicted with and die each year of tobacco-related diseases such as stroke, heart diseases, emphysema, various cancers and nicotine addiction, and both the public and workers in facilities are most at risk from these and other tobacco-related diseases," he added.