It's an order: No selling of cigarettes near Baguio schools

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – In time for the opening of classes for public schools this month, Mayor Mauricio Domogan has ordered the strict implementation of a ban on the sale of tobacco products within the 100-meter radius of schools.

“The strict implementation of this law will prevent children from being exposed to cigarettes and its harmful effects,” Domogan said.

Section 10 of Republic Act 9211 prohibits the sale and distribution of tobacco products within 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of a school, public playground, or other facility frequented by minors.

Any person, business entity, or establishment caught selling, distributing, or purchasing a cigarette or any tobacco product will be fined P5,000 or be jailed for 30 days. Their business licenses or permits shall be cancelled or revoked. If the violation is by an establishment or business entity, the owner, manager, or the most senior officer shall be liable for the offense. (READ: Tobacco CSR thwarts ad ban, no-smoking laws)

The city government has also strengthened its anti-smoking policy through the continuous enforcement of Administrative Order 28-2012. It created the committee that would implement the 100% Smoke Free Environment Policy of the Civil Service Commission, as well as City Ordinance 8-2008 or the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance.

“Warning the public on the ill-effects of smoking and enforcing the 'no smoking' policy is the best way of protecting the people from the dangers of smoking,” Domogan said. –