Iloilo City enhances anti-smoking regulation

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THE Iloilo City Government is putting more teeth on the implementation of its anti-smoking ordinance by providing a comprehensive measure starting with owners of business establishments.

The prohibited acts include the absence of “No Smoking” signage in the entrance and inside the establishments; providing ash trays in tables within the No Smoking area; knowingly allowing, abetting or tolerating smoking any tobacco or using electronic devise system, shishia and the likes; designating smoking area within the building or establishment; and selling or allowing minors to smoke in their establishments.

The other prohibited acts are non-declaration in the business permit indicating the establishment is smoke-free; allowing smoking during events; selling of cigarettes in front of schools within 100 meters and that no poster, billboard, tarpaulin ad promotion material and the like; selling of cigarettes within the 20 meter perimeter of recreational activities, hospital, medical clinic, pharmacy and laboratory; and no “No Smoking” signages on public utility vehicle.


The City Government will inspect all business establishments if they comply with the anti-smoking ordinance.

Iloilo is one of few cities in the Philippines that had passed comprehensive tobacco control ordinances to protect the people’s health. The city is also working for a total ban on the promotions and advertisements of cigarettes. The other cities high in tobacco control are Davao and Marikina.

Meanwhile, tobacco use causes 10 times higher mortality rate than infectious diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and filarial combined, Department of Health Asst. Secretary Paulyn Jean Rossel Ubial said on Tuesday.

Ubial said the global adult survey showed 44 percent are smokers and out of this number, 9 percent are females or posting an average rate of smokers at 22 percent in the Philippines. The figure also shows that one in every five Filipinos are smokers but the country is behind China, Indonesia and Japan in the number of smokers.

“Smokers are not the enemy here but are victims of smoke. Ill effects of smoking, especially in the homes are increasing not only in second hand but also in third hand smoke,” Ubial added. (Sunnex)

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