"What is being done in Davao is set to be done nationwide."
The statement was stressed by the Department of Health (DOH) secretary Pauline Jean Ubial as she discloses the details of executive order (EO) that prohibits smoking in the entire Philippines public places.
The health secretary revealed that EO which will impose a nationwide smoking ban is expected to be signed this month of October. The draft of nationwide smoking ban reflects the success of Davao City against extensive smoking. Basically, nationwide smoking ban in public places replicates the implementation of ordinance back when the President Duterte was the Davao city mayor.
Under this ruling, all public places whether indoor or outdoor will be 100 percent smoke-free such as;
- bus stations
- even inside the vehicles
A great news for everyone, specially there are countless of non-smokers that unfortunately being exposed and health is at risk due to inhalation of secondhand smoke.
Also, it is not the end for people who are with cigarette smoking, sure there will be smoking areas to be provided as required.