Oct 30, 2012

No Smoking Please...

No one needs a thorough research and further studies that the Republic.Act. 9211 (An Act Regulating the Packaging, Use, Sale, Distribution and Advertisements of Tobacco Products and For Other Purposes) the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 is the most violated Law in the Philippines. Just go outside open your eyes, smell and observe.

Let’s look at R.A. 9211 Section 6 and Section 10 it was violated every second by every smoker.

SECTION 5. Smoking Ban in Public Places. — Smoking shall be absolutely prohibited in the following public places:
a. Centers of youth activity such as playschools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels and recreational facilities for persons under eighteen (18) years old;
b. Elevators and stairwells;
c. Locations in which fire hazards are present, including gas stations and storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials;
d. Within the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals, medical, dental, and optical clinics, health centers, nursing homes, dispensaries and laboratories;
e. Public conveyances and public facilities including airport and ship terminals and train and bus stations, restaurants and conference halls, except for separate smoking areas; and
f. Food preparation areas.

SECTION 10. Sale of Tobacco Products Within School Perimeters. — The sale or distribution of tobacco products is prohibited within one hundred (100) meters from any point of the perimeter of a school, public playground or other facility frequented particularly by minors.

Terminals are the most favourite place for smokers (esp. jeepney and bus terminals), they ignore or even don’t mind about it (law) coz no one ever penalized for smoking on public places (even the enforcer of this law smoke on public places). Be courteous to non-smokers please and always remember not to smoke on public places.

“It is every person's right to have good health and a clean environment. Let us not deprive each Filipino of this basic and simple right.” – Sen. Pia Cayetano

In smoking quitting is winning. Click the link to view the complete R.A. 9211: http://www.gov.ph/2003/06/23/republic-act-no-9211/

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