THE entire force of the City Government of Baguio and police together with the village officials and concerned citizens will strictly implement the newly-approved Anti-Smoking Ordinance.
Dr. Donnabel Tubera, medical officer IV of the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit in Baguio City Health Services Office, said they will also help implement the new local law through their partner agencies.
“We have this new ordinance which will prohibit some smoking activities in public. We have pushed this because we want to help improve the health of everyone,” Tubera said.
The ordinance targets smoking and vaping.
The recently approved ordinance prohibits the use sale, distribution, and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products in certain places.
It also imposes penalties for violations thereof and providing funds thereof, and for other purposes, amending ordinance numbered 08, series of 2008 which is the Comprehensive Selling, advertising, and promoting cigarettes or other tobacco products including e-cigarettes are not allowed within 100 meters from any point of perimeter of a school, playground/facility for minors or health facilities. The sale or distribution of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to minors is also unlawful.
The ordinance sanctions the smoking and vaping with P1, 000 for first offense, P2, 000 for second offense, and for third and subsequent offenses would be P3,000 fine or imprisonment for a period of three months or both at the discretion of the court.
Sale or access restriction and advertising including promotion for first offense would be 2,000, P3,000 for second offense and P5,000 for third offence or imprisonment for a period of three months or both at the discretion of the court.
“Due to smoking, this is also the cause of stroke, cardiovascular diseases, cancer such as lung and cervical and other diseases. When a person stops smoking his or her health could also improve,” Tubera added.