Executive Order (EO) No. 26 dated May 16, 2017 entitled Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places took effect today.

Under EO 26, the following acts are declared unlawful and probihited:

(a) Smoking within enclosed public places and public conveyances, whether stationary or in motion, except in designated smoking areas (DSAs) fully compliant with the requirements of the EO;

NOTE THAT there shall be no DSAs in the following public places:

  • Centers of youth activity such as playschool, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels and recreational facilities for minors
  • Elevators and stairwells;
  • Locations in which fire hazards are present, including gas stations, and storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials;
  • With the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals, medical, dental, and optical clinics, health centers, nursing homes, dispensaries and laboratories; and
  • Food preparation areas.

(b) For persons-in-charge to allow, abet or tolerate smoking in places enumerated in the preceding paragraph, outside of designated smoking areas;

(c) For any person to sell, distribute or purchase tobacco products to and from minors. It shall not be a defense for the person selling or distributing that he/she did not know or was not aware of the real age of the minors. Neither shall it be a defense that he/she did not know or had any reason to believe that the cigarette or any other tobacco product was the consumption of the minor to whom it was sold;

(d) For a minor to smoke, sell or buy cigarettes or any other tobacco products;

(e) Ordering, instructing or compelling a minor to use, light up, buy, sell, distribute, deliver, advertise or promote tobacco products;

(f) Selling or distributing tobacco products in a school, public playground, youth hostels and recreational facilities for minors, including those frequented by minors, or within 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of these places;

(g) Placing, posting, displaying or distributing advertisement and promotional materials of tobacco products, such as but not limited to leaflets, posters, display structures and other material within 100 meters from the perimeter of a school, public playground, and other facilities frequented particularly by  minors, hostel and recreational facilities for minors, including those frequented by them, or in an establishment when such establishment or its location is prohibited from selling tobacco products;

(h) Placing any form of tobacco advertisement outside of the premises of point-of-sale retail establishments; and

(i) Placing any stall, booth, and other displays concerning tobacco promotions to areas outside the premises of point-of-sale locations or adult-only facilities.

Download a copy of the EO here.