Issue of June 10, 2018
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Smoke–free task force extends inspections
by Gaby B. Keith / PIO

The Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force are still conducting inspections of sari-sari stores and similar establishments near schools even after the June 2 deadline to ensure that these are complying with  Ordinance 34, s. 2017, which prohibits the use, sale, distribution, and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products in certain places.

The group is composed of representatives from the City Health Services Office, Baguio City Police Office, Permits and Licensing Division, Public Order and Safety Division, Public Information office, and barangay officials.

They started the inspections about a week before the start of classes last Monday in support of the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela program.

Among the establishments inspected by the team were those located in the vicinities of Baguio Central School, Doña Josefa Elementary School, Pines City National High School, Quirino ES, Doña Aurora ES, SLU-Aurora, Gibraltar ES, Rizal NHS, San Vicente ES, Doña Aurora ES, Camp 7 ES, Magsaysay ES, Mabini ES, Holy Ghost ES, and others.

The task force found many of the establishments in the said areas to be in violation of the ordinance and will be recommended to be penalized.

Under the measure’s provision on sales, access restriction, advertising and promotion ban, violators are fined P2,000 for the first offense; P3,000, second offense; P5,000, third offense; and for subsequent offenses, imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months or both at the court’s discretion including suspension or revocation of business license or permit if applicable.

The ordinance prohibits the selling, advertising and promotion of cigarettes or other tobacco products including e-cigarettes 100 meters from any point in the perimeter of schools, playgrounds, facilities for minors, health facilities, and other similar facilities.

The Smoke and Vape Free Ordinance aims to safeguard public health and ensure the wellbeing of the public by protecting them from the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco consumption.

The ordinance makes it unlawful for any person to smoke or allow smoking in public utility vehicles, government owned vehicles or any other means of public transport for passengers, accommodation and entertainment establishments, public buildings, public places, enclosed public places or any enclosed area outside of one’s private residence or private place of work except in duly designated smoking areas.

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