The Long Overdue Strict Implementation of No Smoking Policy

At last, the government learned how to use some political will and implement laws. But why it took them several years to strictly implement it? Are they trying to impress people after the Aquino administration, especially President Noynoy Aquino himself, received a barely passing mark from different sectors?

Republic Act No. 9211 or AN ACT REGULATING THE PACKAGING, USE, SALE DISTRIBUTION AND  ADVERTISEMENTS OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES was signed into law on June 23, 2003.

Sec. 5. Smoking 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. Elevator and stairwells;
c. Location 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 conveyance and public facilities including airport and ship terminals and train and bus stations, restaurant and conference halls, except for separate smoking areas; and
f. Food preparation areas.

Sec. 6. Designated Smoking And Non-Smoking Areas – In all enclosed places that are open to the general public, private workplaces, and other places not covered under the preceding section, where smoking may expose a person to the other than the smoker to tobacco smoke, the owner, proprietor, possessor, manager or administrator of such places shall establish smoking areas. Such areas may include a designated smoking area within the building, which may be in an open space or separate area with proper ventilation, but shall not be located within the same room that has been designated as a non-smoking area.

All designated smoking areas shall at least one (1) legible and visible sign posted, namely “SMOKING AREA” for the Information and guidance of all concerned. In addition, the sign or not posted shall include a warning about the health effects of direct or secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke. Non-smoking areas shall likewise have at least one (1) legible and visible sign, namely: “NO SMOKING AREA” or “NO SMOKING”.

Ban on smoking in public places should not be use as political gimmick. It is a law. Therefore, everyone living in the country should follow.

I had an encounter with a lady, who I think is in her early 20s sometime this year. I was riding an ordinary bus with my two kids, a 3-year old and a 5-month old, and that lady embarked from somewhere then she sat few seat apart from us. She suddenly lit her cigarette and I reminded her not to do so it since it is unlawful and there are kids in the bus. She did not mind me. I was agitated. She said she don’t follow any law. I asked her to come with me at the police station. She refused then throw away her cigarette.

See how stupid some Filipinos are? They are not afraid of the law since it was not strictly implemented. Even some of the law enforcers themselves ignored the existing laws

Maybe, the penalties for such violations are not enough to scare them.

Sec. 32. Penalties – The following penalties shall apply:

a. Violation of Sections 5 and 6. – On the first offense, a fine of not less than Five Hundred Pesos (Php500.00) but not more than One Thousand (Php1,000.00) shall be imposed.

On the second offense, a fine of not less than One Thousand Pesos (Php1,000.00) but not more than Five Thousand Pesos (Php5,000.00) shall be imposed.

On the third offense, in addition to a fine of not less than Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000.00) but not more than Ten Thousand pesos (Php10,000.00), the business permits and licenses to operate shall be cancelled or revoked.

I just hope that this campaign now would last.

10 comments for “The Long Overdue Strict Implementation of No Smoking Policy

  1. July 1, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Sana magtuloy tuloy na yung no smoking policy sa mga places na sinabi nila. Iniisip cguro ng mga smokers na sa start lang naman maiimplement kaya d cguro sila natatakot sa penalty. Or kayang kaya rin nila bayaran ang penalty kaya ganun 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    July 3, 2011 at 4:30 am

    natakot yun babae sa yo ahaha, kung minsan pag di mo talaga pakikitaan na pagsusuplada e dededmahin ka lang. i do not know why there are pinoys like that 

  3. July 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    this is what i am concerned about too. several times i have caught jeepney drivers smoke while on duty and i have even posted them. maybe there should be a citizen’s arrest for this. that will be too burdensome, though, especially if you are in a hurry. how about merely sending a picture as proof and then the authorities will pursue them?

  4. Mary Ann Fadre-Galuza
    July 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I really hate people who smoke….pardon me for being subjective..But I believed that smoking will not do any good to one’s health.  I hope that the “NO SMOKING CAMPAIGN” will really be implemented with iron hand..Because it is more dangerous for those people who really doesn’t smoke

  5. July 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Thankful pa rin ako kasi it is implemented na and hoping na magtuloy tuloy na to. pero minsan, may mga nikikita pa rin akong mga taong nagssmoke sa public ares. Bkt gnun?

  6. J Allyssa
    July 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I just saw a college student who lit his cig while inside a jeepney. Definitely disapponting, I am really hoping that this law will be strictly implemented, ang hirap kasi lalo na for me na may asthma , masyadong insensitive yung ibang smokers. 

  7. vvaguilar2003
    July 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Strict implementation is the key here. ‘Wag sanang hanggang umpisa lang.  

  8. July 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I brought my baby at Makati Med this week and we passed by Jollijeep. Many are taking yosi breaks because it was lunch time. Dba dapat within the vicinity of the hospital?

  9. July 26, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I lauded MMDA and local government officials here. Galing, magandang simulain pero sana tumagal.

  10. jared's mum
    July 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    i just hope more people will follow + that the government will implement this in the strictest sense. i  have always abhor people who are smoking in public + i’d really call their attention about, now it is a good thing we non-smokers has something to threaten them with, although a lot of people do not seem bothered by it + would just go about with their business…:(

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