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The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Smoking ban EO implementation starts July 22

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Individuals and establishments caught violating President Rodrigo Duterte s executive order will face fines or imprisonment

Fighting tobacco use through local legislation

Jun 15, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Iloilo City has been a no smoking zone since 2015

PROMINENT REMINDER. Iloilo City's anti-smoking billboards are mounted everywhere, like this one at Bonifacio Drive, to remind the public that smoking is prohibited.

DOH mulls covering e-cigarettes in smoking ban implementation

Jun 01, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also reveals her department s plan to bring to the Philippines a technology that will detect ambient nicotine present indoors

How to quit smoking – for good

May 31, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Some of you may be going through the same struggle You know it s not good for you but you re stuck in a cycle of feeling deprived and craving and relapsing It s all right – I ve been there too many times to count

DOH targets release of smoking ban rules before SONA

May 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Local governments are encouraged to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

NO TO TOBACCO. Tobacco control advocates join the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Coming soon: National hotline for smokers who want to quit

May 30, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Through the national hotline smokers can get advice on how to start quitting and information about facilities that can provide services for quitting

Smoking ban EO 'positive step' to smoke-free PH – advocates

May 20, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Ulysses Dorotheo of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance notes however that Executive Order 26 is not as strong as the Davao ordinance

E-cigarettes not covered by smoking ban EO

May 19, 2017 - 7:41 PM

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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May 19, 2017 - 1:52 PM

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May 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Duterte signs EO on smoking ban

May 18, 2017 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED Executive Order 26 sets strict guidelines on designated smoking areas and bans them altogether in schools including universities and recreational facilities for minors

NO SMOKING. In this file photo, the Department of Health personnel pastes an anti-smoking sticker on a public utility bus' windshield during the DOH's no smoking campaign on June 17, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Fewer Filipino adult smokers in 2015 – survey

May 06, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Drastically raising the tobacco excise taxes proved to be the single most effective way of reducing tobacco use among smokers in the Philippines says the Philippines health department

Study finds Indonesia, Philippines among highest number of smokers in the world

Apr 06, 2017 - 11:04 AM

A study reveals that global smoking deaths are up by 5 since 1990 and shows that the percentage of smokers in Indonesia and the Philippines have not dropped since then

Duterte 'measuring resistance' to smoking ban EO

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:05 PM

A provision prohibiting indoor smoking areas is the most contentious part of the draft executive order says the President

MULLING SMOKING BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte looks at documents handed to him by Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial before the 13th Cabinet meeting on March 6, 2017. Photo by Toto Lozano/ Presidential Photo

Duterte poised to sign smoking ban EO

Mar 06, 2017 - 8:50 PM

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

\EXECUTIVE ORDER. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the 13th Cabinet meeting at Malacañang Palace on March 6, 2017. Photo by Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

Ubial: Duterte instructed me to draft EO on smoking ban

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:14 PM

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

NO SMOKING. In this file photo, the Department of Health personnel pastes an anti-smoking sticker on a public utility bus' windshield during the DOH's no smoking campaign on June 17, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Drug rehab, RH budget, Zika, and other public health newsmakers in 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 8 issues in the public health sector that made headlines in 2016

Draft EO on smoking ban includes e-cigarettes

Nov 18, 2016 - 9:27 AM

The health department is concerned that e cigarettes have become a gateway to conventional smoking

PH cigarette packs bear graphic health warnings starting Nov 4

Nov 04, 2016 - 3:47 PM

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

NO MORE EXCUSES. The Graphic Health Warning Law takes effect nationwide on November 8, 2016. Cigarette manufacturers were given the last 8 months to exhaust their stocks of packs that only bore text warnings. Photo by Mauricio Victa/Rappler

Duterte on smoking ban: No room for smokers in buildings

Oct 16, 2016 - 6:55 PM

I ve always been against even building a structure inside just to accommodate smokers That ain t the way says the President

DOH 'ready' with implementing rules of proposed smoking ban

Oct 13, 2016 - 7:55 PM

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

DOH hopes EO on smoking ban out by end-October

Oct 11, 2016 - 11:15 AM

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

NO SMOKING. In this file photo, the Department of Health personnel pastes an anti-smoking sticker on a public utility bus' windshield during the DOH's no smoking campaign on June 17, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

EO on nationwide smoking ban ready for Duterte's signature

Oct 10, 2016 - 2:00 PM

The EO is patterned after a Davao City ordinance banning smoking in all public areas including in vehicles

Lawmakers want to regulate e-cigarettes

Sep 03, 2016 - 9:00 AM

These products still carry risk with them as the technology used may still be defective and the substance used still contains nicotine say the proponents of House Bill Number 3330

SAFE OR NOT? The scientific community are giving contradictory answers on the effects of using electronic cigarettes.

1 in 12 students in Western Pacific uses tobacco – survey

Jun 29, 2016 - 2:10 PM

The latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey also shows more than 4 2 million students in 22 countries in the region are cigarette smokers

Will we see plain cigarette packs under a Duterte presidency?

May 31, 2016 - 10:50 PM

On May 31 World No Tobacco Day the WHO urges countries to remove logos colors brand images or promotional information on cigarette packs

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY. For 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to implement the plain packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging photo from WHO brochure

Ombudsman strictly implements smoking ban

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The Ombudsman will now police smokers in all its offices including those using e cigarettes

Major study confirms moms' smoking changes fetal DNA

Apr 01, 2016 - 8:45 AM

It is well established that pregnant women should not smoke but these new results reveal that smoking during pregnancy leaves a lasting mark on the genome that persists into childhood

Youth in well-off nations smoke, drink less than in 2010 – WHO

Mar 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM

The World Health Organization study also finds that more boys than girls are overweight but more girls think they are too fat

epa04228634 A woman smokes a cigarette in Berlin, Germany, 26 May 2014. World No Tobacco Day is observed on 31 May 2014. About thirty per cent of Germans between age 18 and 79 are smokers. EPA/CHRISTOPH SCHMIDT

The Indonesian village that banned smoking

Mar 11, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The move has inspired other villages around the country to follow suit and take the law into their own hands as the central government shows little sign of launching a determined nationwide fight against tobacco

NO SMOKING. Village head Abdul Wahid, standing next to an anti-smoking campaign poster that reads 'Cigarettes are a killer,' 'You the one who smoke, we the one who die.' Photo by AFP

Health advocates to tobacco firms: We're watching you

Mar 03, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Tobacco control advocates remind manufacturers to start printing cigarette packs with graphic health warnings

GRAPHIC HEALTH WARNINGS. Rommel Arriola (L) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines, together with New Vois Association of the Philippines President Emer Rojas (C) and Ang Nars Representative Leah Paquiz (R) present scary cigarette packs from other countries. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Graphic health warning law now in effect

Mar 03, 2016 - 9:58 AM

Starting March 3 all tobacco products manufactured or imported for sale in the Philippines will be required to carry graphic health warnings

NO SCARY CIGARETTE PACKS YET. A Filipino vendor sells cigarettes in a street in Manila, Philippines, on 31 May 2011. File photo by Francis R. Malasig

Grace Poe on her smoking: Not good, but drug use is worse

Feb 12, 2016 - 6:08 PM

The presidential candidate says the more serious issue is candidates who are into illegal drugs or have health problems

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Smoking among Australian youth hits record low: study

Jan 28, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The decline is applauded as a success story with plain cigarette packaging laws and higher prices credited as factors according to a report published in the Public Health Research and Practice journal

TEEN SMOKING DOWN. A cigarette pack with plain packaging is displayed at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 15 August 2012. File Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

Cebu City to fine smokers at Sinulog festival

Jan 11, 2016 - 9:20 PM

A city ordinance imposes fines of up to P1 500 on smoking and P500 on littering starting on January 11

'Penalize owner, not driver, for smoke-belching vehicles'

Jan 04, 2016 - 11:50 AM

A House bill says transferring liability to just the vehicle owner will help address smoke belching

INFOGRAPHIC: Do I have COPD?

Dec 29, 2015 - 5:54 PM

That cough may be something worse Here are the signs symptoms and tips on how to cope with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Australia welcomes plain cigarette packaging 'win'

Dec 18, 2015 - 1:27 PM

The government in Canberra welcomes the decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration to refuse jurisdiction over a case brought by smoking giant Philip Morris

PLAIN PACKAGING WIN. A generic plain packaged cigarette pack is displayed during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 15 August 2012. File Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

WATCH: Indonesian kids hooked on cigarettes

Nov 19, 2015 - 12:24 PM

In Indonesia kids as young as 2 years old are hooked on cigarettes

CHILD SMOKER. Indonesia's smoking problem affects at least half of the population. Screenshot from YouTube video

Hontiveros to tobacco firms: No excuses, use graphic health warning

Nov 11, 2015 - 3:35 PM

The ex PhilHealth director and senatorial aspirant says a 4 month delay in government s implementation of the law places more Filipinos at risk of tobacco related deaths

NO SCARY CIGARETTE PACKS YET. A Filipino vendor sells cigarettes in a street in Manila, Philippines, on 31 May 2011. File photo by Francis R. Malasig

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Oct 22, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Thai officials Thursday said air quality had dipped to unhealthy levels in 7 southern provinces with particularly high readings in southwestern Songkhla province where some flights have been delayed or turned back

SUFFOCATING HAZE. Haze suffocates parts of Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Helicopter missing, scores dead in Turkey blast

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other top stories include the arrival of international aid to combat forest fires and a long term investment between Indonesia and PT Freeport Indonesia

INTERNATIONAL HELP. Malaysian aircrew members stand in front of the Bombardier 415 Superscooper aircraft as they arrive at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia to help combat forest fires. Photo by EPA

International aid arrives in Indonesia to help combat forest fires

Oct 10, 2015 - 1:36 PM

Six countries will help Indonesia to fight forest fires which have sent choking smog across parts of Southeast Asia

INTERNATIONAL HELP. Malaysian aircrew members stand in front of the Bombardier 415 Superscooper aircraft as they arrive at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia to help combat forest fires. Photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi accepts help to combat haze, Obama apologizes

Oct 09, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the recovery of bodies of plane crash victims increased US maritime assistance and reactions on the bullet train deal with China

WORST EVER. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country, but this year's fires could be the worst ever. EPA/TAMY UTARI

French state fined for making prisoner share cell with smokers

Oct 09, 2015 - 3:06 AM

The court found that the conditions of the inmate s detention were a breach of human dignity

WATCH: Aerial footage shows devastating damage of Indonesia forest fires

Oct 08, 2015 - 3:08 PM

New aerial footage by Greenpeace shows the extensive damage of the forest fires in Indonesia smoke billowing from the forests and blackened trees

Indonesia finally accepts international help to combat fires

Oct 08, 2015 - 2:29 PM

Authorities had rejected offers of help from affluent Singapore but officials said Indonesian President Joko Widodo has decided that international assistance would now be accepted

WORST EVER. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country, but this year's fires could be the worst ever. EPA/TAMY UTARI

Drone footage of Indonesia shows smoke rising from forest, blackened trees

Oct 08, 2015 - 1:56 PM

The drone footage filmed by Greenpeace showed acrid haze rising from dense jungle trees reduced to fire blackened skeletons vast swathes of burnt peatland and a city shrouded in haze on the Indonesian part of Borneo

WORST EVER. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country, but this year's fires could be the worst ever. EPA/TAMY UTARI

The wRap Indonesia: Cut in fuel prices, rupiah gains

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the seizure of illegally traded shark fins worsening forest fires and the possibility of a midnight curfew for Jakarta nightclubs

PAKET EKONOMI. President Joko Widodo talks about his first economic stimulus in this file photo. Photo from Twitter @Jokowi