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 will probably sign it within October,” Ubial told the press.
Sources say the order is identical to that of the smoking ban within Davao City, the President’s home.
Once signed, all public places in the country will be 100 per cent smoke free. The order will include ‘smoke stops’, ‘smoke areas’, and roped off or cordoned off areas set aside for smokers.
Under the executive order an amendment to the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 will be changed as authorities say many ‘gray areas’ exist under the new executive order.
Those so called ‘gray areas’ include designated smoking areas, as well as point-of-sale advertising and more.