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Individuals and establishments caught violating President Rodrigo Duterte's executive order will face fines or imprisonment
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also reveals her department's plan to bring to the Philippines a technology that will detect ambient nicotine present indoors
Local governments are 'encouraged' to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
Ulysses Dorotheo of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance notes, however, that Executive Order 26 is 'not as strong as the Davao ordinance'
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says they will include e-cigarettes 'when we have more information and recommendation' from the World Health Organization
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(UPDATED) Executive Order 26 sets strict guidelines on designated smoking areas and bans them altogether in schools, including universities, and recreational facilities for minors
A provision prohibiting indoor smoking areas is the most contentious part of the draft executive order, says the President
(UPDATED) Two cabinet officials say the President is set to sign the EO soon. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says there will be revisions to the DOH draft EO.
'I'm really not sure why it's taking a lot of time, but I think it's been through legal review and also the complete staff work by the presidential staff,' says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial
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The health department is concerned that e-cigarettes have become a 'gateway to conventional smoking'
The government begins the full implementation of Republic Act 10643 or the Graphic Health Warnings Law 8 months after the law took effect in March
'I've always been against even building a structure inside just to accommodate smokers. That ain't the way,' says the President
The implementing rules and regulations will identify what areas are considered public places. It will also provide details on the sanctions or penalties for violators.
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial bares more details of the draft executive order being reviewed by the Office of the President during a budget hearing at the Senate
The EO is patterned after a Davao City ordinance banning smoking in all public areas, including in vehicles
The Ombudsman will now police smokers in all its offices, including those using e-cigarettes
A city ordinance imposes fines of up to P1,500 on smoking, and P500 on littering starting on January 11
(UPDATED) Duterte's spokesman Peter T. Laviña says the incident written about by Piñol happened 'a long time ago' and did not involve a revolver being pointed at the tourist
'The strict implementation of this law will prevent children from being exposed to cigarettes and its harmful effects,' says Mayor Mauricio Domogan
As millions of Filipinos head to the provinces and churches during the Holy Week, authorities are reminded to protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke
'We need to show how serious we are by putting our feet firmly down the necks of all violators,' says Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez
Anti-smoking advocates are set for a boost after the newly appointed health minister called for a total ban on smoking in public places within five years
Authorities say their crackdown is intended to stop sales to minors and reduce smoking
The only transactions allowed are those that entail regulating and supervising tobacco industry operations
Philip Morris says Norway's ban on the display of cigarettes in stores breaks European competition rules
Int’l meet points to importance of 'leadership' if governments are to fight off tobacco industry influence