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Senators hail tighter Duterte smoking ban

  • Written by Bernadette E. Tamayo
  • Published in Top Stories
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SAYING that the smoking ban in Davao City has been proven to be effective, Sen. JV Ejercito hopes that Executive Order No. 26 recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte will be enforced effectively nationwide.

The Department of Health (DoH) has cited smoking as a risk factor that accounts for more than 85 percent of lung cancer deaths. Lung cancer is also the third leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines.

“With Davao City as primary example of a smoke-free city, it is just incumbent for President Rodrigo Duterte to act on this through a nationwide smoking ban in all public places,” said Ejercito, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health.

He called on the DoH to initiate an intensive media campaign — TV, radio, print, social media, and other information drives — as E.O. No. 26 takes effect to make enforcement less challenging.
     
Senate President Koko Pimentel said the EO banning smoking nationwide “is a good and welcome development.”
 
A few days before assuming the top post in the land, President Duterte had proposed to impose curfew and ban smoking in public places to establish order and discipline.
    
Sen. Win Gatchalian said the President’s plan to implement a nationwide liquor ban after 1 a.m., a ban on smoking in public places as well as a 10 p.m. curfew for minors may sound “too local” but these are the building blocks for a peaceful and orderly society.
    
”Digong is going back to the basics -- discipline. His initial pronouncements might sound parochial or too local but they are necessary to install order and discipline at the grassroots level,” said Gatchalian.