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Duterte amends nationwide smoking ban, outlaws unregistered e-cigarettes

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:53 AM

(UPDATED) 'With the President as our reliable ally in public health, and with medical associations and advocacy groups joining our campaign, our anti-smoking efforts are made stronger,' says Health Secretary Duque

At least 250 confiscated Vapes from Central Visayas were presented and inspected by Police Regional Office (PRO-7) Regional Director Police Brigadier General Valeriano De Leon in Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) on November 22, 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the stop of use of vapes in the public. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Asian Games ban: No boozing in athletes' village

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Organizers remind athletes that drinking and smoking are not allowed in the athletes' village

ASIAD VILLAGE. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (second from left) walks next to Jakarta's Governor Anis Baswedan (left) during their visit to the athletes' village before the Asian Games kickoff. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

What happens to LGUs that don’t enforce the smoking ban?

May 10, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The DILG has monitored 450 cities and municipalities that are not enforcing President Duterte's Executive Order 26, but the agency has yet to file any administrative cases against officials

Tobacco-producing LGUs in Ilocos Sur fail to implement smoking ban

May 10, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The DILG says Candon City and Santa Cruz town have 'full compliance' with the smoking ban executive order, but Rappler's visits to the two areas show otherwise

SIGN OF SMOKERS. The front lawn of the Candon City Hall is littered with cigarette butts. All photos by Mara Cepdea/Rappler

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

Duterte forces smoking tourist to swallow cigarette butt

Sep 03, 2015 - 3:49 PM

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

YOU. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte attends the 17th founding anniversary of the VACC as guest speaker in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:00 AM

The strict implementation of this law will prevent children from being exposed to cigarettes and its harmful effects says Mayor Mauricio Domogan

Reminder: There's a smoking ban in transport terminals

Mar 30, 2015 - 6:07 PM

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

Parañaque now a 'strictly' non-smoking city

Dec 10, 2014 - 3:35 PM

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

Smokers' paradise Austria struggles to stub out habit

Sep 26, 2014 - 8:48 PM

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

CHEAP. Cigarettes are significantly cheaper in Austria than elsewhere in western Europe. Photo from EPA

Hungary turns to black market for a smoke

Jan 04, 2014 - 11:58 AM

Authorities say their crackdown is intended to stop sales to minors and reduce smoking

Gov't should not deal with tobacco firms – CSC

May 30, 2013 - 7:36 PM

The only transactions allowed are those that entail regulating and supervising tobacco industry operations

Philip Morris sues Norway over tobacco display ban

Jun 04, 2012 - 11:52 PM

Philip Morris says Norway s ban on the display of cigarettes in stores breaks European competition rules

‘Will the President please stop smoking?’

Mar 21, 2012 - 8:15 PM

Int’l meet points to importance of leadership if governments are to fight off tobacco industry influence