Smoking in public places in Negros Oriental, banned
An ordinance banning smoking in public places was passed by the provincial board of Negros Oriental.
The disciplinary measure, known as the Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Negros Oriental, also forbids the sale, distribution and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products within 100 meters from schools and other areas that will be named by the implementing agencies by June 30.
This ordinance means to safeguard public health and protect also the well-being of all its constituents by shielding them from the harmful effects of smoking.
Earlier, smoking in public places has been forbidden by law nationwide since 2003.
Republic Act No. 9211, or also known as the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, bans smoking in public utility vehicles, in elevators, schools, hospitals, movie houses, malls and other buildings.
Having caucht, violators may be fined up to P10,000 on the third offense.
On the other hand, second-hand smoke can cause respiratory infections, asthma and even cancer.