How well do you know the bans stipulated in the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control?

Try to take this quiz to see how much you know about the three sets of bans included in DO 48, s. 2016. Refer to the definitions of the bans below, or jump to the answer key at the bottom this post to check your answers.

The bans and prohibitions stipulated in DO 48, s. 2016, or the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control can be stipulated into three: (1) Bans on smoking; (2) Bans on selling cigarettes; and (3) Bans on sponsorships and other protection measures against tobacco industry interference. According to the Policy, members of the Child Protection Committee shall monitor compliance with and report violations of these tobacco control policies.

Bans related to smoking

1. Absolute Smoking Ban. This refers to the absolute ban in all schools in accordance with the 100% Smoke-Free Policy under Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memo 17 and Section 5 of Republic Act 9211 (RA 9211): “Smoking shall be absolutely prohibited….in centers of youth activity such as playschools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for persons under 18 years old.”

2. Establishing or allowing smoking areas within ten meters of entrances and exits of such premises

Bans related to the selling of cigarettes

3. Access Restriction. This refers to the prohibitions to sell or distribute tobacco products to a minor; to buy tobacco products from a minor; for a minor to sell, buy or smoke tobacco products (RA 9211, Section 9); for anyone to sell or distribute tobacco products within 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of a school, public playground or other facility frequented particularly by minors” (RA 9211, Section 10). Access restrictions shall also refer to related policies such as those provided for in local ordinances and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), including the ban on cigarettes sold individually or in small packets which increase the affordability of tobacco products (FCTC Article 16.3).

4. Outdoor Advertising Ban. This refers to the prohibition against the placement of outdoor advertisements on billboards, wall murals, or transport stops or stations within 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of a school, public playground or other facility frequented particularly by persons below eighteen (18) years of age.

5. Ban on Promotional Items for Minors. This refers to the prohibition against items marketed to or likely used by children that bear a name, logo, indicia, or element of a brand or marketing activity for tobacco products. Such items include but are“not limited to sports equipment, toys, dolls, miniature replicas of racing vehicles, video games, and food…that are directed toward minors” (RA 9211, Section 17). This also refers to the ban on the sale of sweets, snacks, toys or other objects in the form of (or likeness to) tobacco products which appeal to minors (FCTC Art 16c).

6. Sampling Restriction. This refers to the prohibition on the distribution of samples of tobacco products to persons below 18 years old” (RA 9211, Section 27).

Bans related to sponsorships

7. Ban on Sponsorships. This refers to the prohibition against donations/ contributions of any kind from the tobacco industry as this is a form of advertising, enhances the image of the tobacco company, and provides access to influence policy makers. RA 9211, Sec. 23 bans sponsorship of  sports, concert, cultural or art events and artists while the CSC-Department of Health (DOH) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 2010-01 prohibits all forms of contributions or donations to public offices or officials, including those given under the so-called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of the tobacco industry.

8. Protection against Tobacco Industry Interference. This refers to measures to protect policies from the commercial and vested interests of the tobacco industry including but not limited to measures found in CSC-DOH JMC 2010-01 and DepEd Order No. 6, s. 2012 and similar policies. These policies prohibit unnecessary interaction with, receiving contributions from, according preferential treatment to, engaging in occupational activity within the tobacco industry; and require conducting necessary interaction publicly and transparently, taking efforts to prevent or correct any perception of partnership with the tobacco industry, disclosing interests with the tobacco industry, and raising awareness about and reporting on tobacco industry interference.

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