Body odor, bad breath, and stained nails. These are but a few of the negative consequences of SMOKING.
I wonder why the anti-smoking law doesn’t seem to exist in this country. I couldn’t help but sigh or curse anyone who would smoke in public places. Unfortunately, even law enforcers and and public officials who smoke in front of many people or in their offices don’t realise that such a law exists.
Republic Act No. 9211 * TOBACCO REGULATION ACT OF 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. 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 canceled or revoked.