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No ifs, no butts: Date announced for smoking ban

The nationwide crackdown on smoking in the Philippines will come into force on Sunday, July 23, it was announced today (Friday, July 14). In a press briefing, Department of Health (DOH)  spokesman Dr Eric Tayag advised the public and business owners to get ready for the implementation of the ban…


Stubbed out: Duterte signs nationwide smoking ban into law

After months of apparent prevarication, President Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in public throughout the Philippines. The ban, which could see persistent offenders jailed for four months and fined 5,000 pesos, covers both indoor and outdoor smoking — making it one of the most stringent anti-smoking laws…


“Smoke em’ while you got em’” – Philippines going smoke-free soon

President Duterte is expected to sign a nationwide smoking ban bill in October. Paulyn Ubial, Philippine Health Secretary, reported this week that the executive order draft which will bring about a smoke-free Philippines is on Duterte’s desk awaiting his signature. “We already submitted the draft executive order and the President…