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Mayor Cayetano urges constituents to use social media vs smokers

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Mayor Laarni Cayetano is determined to make Taguig a smoke-free city.

Cayetano has urged her constituents to use the city’s official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages “Smoke-Free Taguig” to report people who are smoking and vaping in public spaces.

“We are now stepping up the city’s initiative in fully implementing our campaign to achieve a smoke-free community, so we are asking everyone to give importance and protect the health of the general public,” the lady politiko said.

She also reminded smokers to follow city ordinance that allows smoking and vaping only in Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs).

The city opened a “One-Stop Shop” registration for DSAs earlier this month requiring building owners to put up designated smoking zones and have them registered with the city.

Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all forms of public conveyances, government-owned vehicles, accommodation and entertainment establishments, workplaces, enclosed or partially enclosed public places, public buildings, and public outdoor spaces within the city.

Selling, advertising, and promoting cigarettes and/or Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) are likewise prohibited within 100 meters from any point in the perimeter of a school, public playground, any office of the Department of Health and attached agencies, hospitals and health facilities.

The sale and distribution of tobacco products and/or ENDS to minors are also not allowed.

A fine of up to P1,000 will be meted out to first-time violators, while P3,000 is imposed on second-time violators.

For subsequent offenses, a violator must pay a fine of P5,000 or face imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days.

Business owners who violate the ordinance for the third time will pay a fine of P5,000 and face cancellation of business permits.