BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 28 (PIA) — The anti-smoking campaign will literally ‘take to the streets’ once amendments to the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of the City is approved.
Committee on Health & Sanitation Chair and Councilor Erdolfo Balajadia passed the amendments to the smoking ordinance to address questions whether smoking on the streets is considered a violation of the said law.
The Comprehensive Anti-Smoking ordinance of the city specifically bans smoking in public utility vehicles, government-owned vehicles and any other means of public transport, accommodation and entertainment establishments, public building and public place, or any enclosed area outside one’s private residence or private place of work.
The amendment will have a broader scope to include all alleys and street in the city.
‘Public Place’ as defined in Ordinance Number 8 series of 2008 only refers to gasoline stations, banks, malls, town squares, terminals, shopping and business arcades, schools, churches, hospitals, cinema houses, gymnasia, funeral parlors, barber shops, and other similar places where people usually congregate to listen or attend concerts, rallies and programs which includes the city’s parks.
Liabilities of persons or individuals caught violating this ordinance will be subjected to a fine of P500 to P2,000 or imprisonment of one to six months or both.
Establishments who allows or fail to warn or advice smokers of this ordinance will also be imposed a fine or the cancellation of their business permits.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan who is a strong advocate to the anti-smoking drive of the city said the insertion of the amendment will give more teeth to the existing anti-smoking ordinance.
The measure is also in line with the city’s clean and green campaign to eradicate littering of cigarette butts thrown by smokers irresponsibly in the city’s street.