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Philippines' Duterte signs order banning smoking in public

Staff Writer |
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order that bans smoking in all public places in the Philippines, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said.

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Ubial said Duterte signed the executive order on Tuesday, which sets strict guidelines on designated areas where smoking is prohibited or may be allowed, with breaches attracting a maximum penalty of four months in jail and a fine up to 5,000 pesos ($100).

The executive order specifically bans smoking in all public places including schools, workplaces, government facilities, establishment that provides food and drinks, accommodations and professional services, among others.

The executive order also states that buildings are not allowed to have more than one designated smoking areas (DSAs) and that minors should not be allowed in the DSAs.

The executive order also reaffirms the ban on the sale of tobacco to those below 18 years old.

The ban becomes effective 60 days after publication from a newspaper of general circulation.