The long talked about Philippines smoking ban looks like it will be signed in very soon and could even happen today.
Smoking will be banned in public places in the Philippines local media has reported. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said, “President Rodrigo Duterte will sign the pertinent executive order as early as today.”
Plans for an anti-tobacco law were announced in October but the legislation was delayed.
The new regulation will make it illegal to smoke in both indoor and outdoor public places, which include parks, bus stations and in public vehicles, it is unclear if this will include smoking in the street.
The executive order is believed to be the same as the existing smoking ban in Davao City.
The president is an ex-smoker, and like many ex-smokers has a tough stance against cigarettes.
The President in the past has said he suffers from Buerger’s disease and Barrett’s oesophagus and other smoking-related ailments.
A report by Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance last month ranked the Philippines as 9th among the world’s top tobacco markets.