Smoking ban also covers foreigners

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News -

CEBU - The smoking ban as provided for in an executive order signed by President Rodrigo Duterte covers not only Filipinos, but also foreigners staying in the country, the Department of Health said.

It said foreigners could also be arrested if they smoke anywhere else except in designated smoking areas (DSA) as provided for in Executive Order No. 26 or the Antismoking Law. Hotels where foreign tourists stay are required to put up respective DSAS and it must be 10 meters away from the doorways and exits of every hotel.

Foreigners cannot just smoke in their hotel rooms and that they and hotel owners can be held liable for violation of Executive Order No. 26.

Penalties for violators include no less than P500 nor more than P1,000 for the first offense; not less than P2,000 but not more than P5,000 for the second offense; and not less than P5,000 but not more than P10,000 for the third offense.

Higher penalties were imposed to stores or establishments selling cigarettes to minors from 13 to 17 years old. Violators will be meted a fine of P100,000 and imprisonment for one year for the first offense and P200,000 fine and two year imprisonment for the second offense.

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