The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public yesterday the nationwide smoking ban would take effect starting July 23, or 60 days after the signing of Executive Order 26. File

Nationwide smoking ban starts July 23
Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) - July 14, 2017 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public yesterday the nationwide smoking ban would take effect starting July 23, or 60 days after the signing of Executive Order 26.

DOH spokesman Eric Tayag said the EO can be implemented even without the implementing rules and regulations, or IRR.

“The effectivity of EO is 60 days after publication, not after signing. No need for the IRR,” he explained.

Tayag also urged establishments to start putting up “No Smoking” signs measuring 8 x 11 inches, with the symbol occupying 60 percent of the signage.

“The EO on smoking will have to be implemented. Those who fail to comply with will be made as example offenders,” he warned.

Last May 16, Duterte signed EO 26, which prohibits smoking in public and enclosed areas across the country. The DOH and other concerned agencies are formulating the IRR to ensure the smooth implementation of EO 26. 

Covered by the ban are centers of youth activity like playschools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for minors; elevators and stairwells; locations where fire hazards are present; within premises of public and private hospitals; and medical, dental, and optical clinics; and food preparation areas.     

Smoking will be allowed in an area of a building or conveyance that is open as well as separate areas with proper ventilation.

The EO states that there should be only one designated smoking area per establishment. 

Tayag said establishments should properly mark the designated smoking areas and it should be accompanied by graphic health warnings pictures depicting the effects of smoking on health.

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