What you need to know about the smoking ban in the Philippines

On July 23, 2017, the President of the Philippines signed the executive order 26 or the nationwide ban of smoking. It’s a big hell yeah for non-smoker and a big hell no for smokers.

There are around 16 million  recorded smokers as of 2015 based on the World health organization (WHO) Global adult tobacco survey and are mostly from 15 years above. Aproximately there 6 million tobacco related deaths per year.

So the big question every smokers are asking is what is covered with the smoking ban. Here are a list of places where smoking you are not allowed light up that cig

  • Goverment facilities
  • Work places
  • Schools
  • Establishments that provide foods and drinks
  • Playground
  • sports centers
  • church grounds
  • hospitals
  •  transportation terminals
  • Markets
  • Resorts
  • Waiting shed
  • Walkways or sidewalks
  • Elevators
  • Stairwells
  • Fire hazard places
  • Public transportation

So is vape part of the smoking ban? Nope it is not. But to be more precise it is not mentioned on the the executive order. I think it should since those bad bous produce more smoke than cigarette.

Closing note. The ban covers almost every single place that you could think of except for homes. Smokers light it up as much as they want. Also there are designated smoking areas. However there a lot of establishments especially bars that doesn’t have the facility up to the department of health standards. The EO is part of the plans to make the country free of tobacco in the future. It would take a lot of adjustment for smokers but we will get there eventually.