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How Not to Get Burned by the Nationwide Smoking Ban

Where there is smoke, there is, indeed, fire.
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On May 16, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) No. 26, which would impose nationwide smoking ban in public areas.

"EO No. 26 seeks to replicate on a larger scale a successful ban on smoking in Davao City started by Mr. Duterte when he was still the city’s mayor," noted Philip C. Tubeza in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

EO No. 26 officially took effect on July 23. Here are the things that smokers and establishments have to keep in mind so they don't get burned.

1| Local Government Units are in charge of making sure that their respective community members will comply with EO No. 26. They are required to create a task force for this function.

2| Ideally, there are supposed to be "designated smoking areas" or DSAs located in open and separate spaces with proper ventilation. These DSAs also should be more than 10 meters away from establishments and public areas, as well as places where people pass through or congregate. If you're dying for a smoke but there aren't any of them in your area, you've got to curb your need for your nicotine fix.  

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3| Under EO No. 26, the prohibited places include public and private transportation utilities, schools, and food establishments. Moreover, waiting shed areas, streets, and walkways are also off limits to smokers.

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4| Establishments should put up "No Smoking" signs that measure at least 8 by 11 inches wherein with a “No Smoking” symbol occupying at least 60 percent of the sign.

5| The penalties for violating EO No. 26 are painful.

For individuals and establishments:

1st Offense - a fine of not less than P500 but not more than P1,000 

2nd Offense - a fine of not less than P1,000 but not more than P5,000 

3rd Offense - a fine of not less than P5,000 but not more than P10,000 with the revocation of business permits and licenses

For anyone who sells cigarettes to a minor:

If you sell cigarettes to a minor, there's a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days. 

For manufacturers:

The owner, president, manager, or the most senior officers thereof shall be liable for the offense.

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1st Offense - a fine of not more than P100,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year

2nd Offense - a fine of not more than P200,000 or imprisonment of not more than two years

3rd offense - a fine of not more than P400,000 or imprisonment of not more than three years with the revocation of business permits and licenses

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