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No more Tobacco ads in Mass Media

July 4, 2008

That’s the law.. Through Republic Act 9211 also known as “Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.

Beginning 1 July 2008, all forms of tobacco advertising in mass media shall be prohibited except tobacco advertisements placed inside the premises of point-of sale establishments

Mass media.. tv, radio, print, even.. blogs? =>

Oh that’s not all.. tobacco companies are now banned from sponsoring events… ouch.

Beginning 1 July 2008, cigarette and tobacco companies are hereby prohibited from sponsoring any sport, concert, cultural art or event, as well as individual and team athletes, artists, or performers where such sponsorship shall required or involve the advertisement or promotion of any cigarette or tobacco company, tobacco product or tobacco use, name, logo or trademarks and other words, symbols, designs, colors or other depictions commonly associated with or likely to identify a tobacco product; Provided further, That no manufacturer may register a tobacco brand name as a company name after the passage of this Act.

Here in Davao, the Smoking Ban is in full effect. But it turns out that Davao should not be doing this alone and that other places in the Philippines SHOULD implement it.

Smoking in Public Places – Smoking shall be absolutely prohibited in the following public places:

a. Centers of youth activity such as playschools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for persons under eighteen (18) years old;

b. Elevator and stairwells;

c. Location in which fire hazards are present, including gas stations and storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials;

d. Within the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals. Medical, dental, and optical clinics, health centers, nursing homes, dispensaries and laboratories;

e. Public conveyance and public facilities including airport and ship terminals and train and bus stations, restaurant and conference halls, except for separate smoking areas; and

f. Food preparation areas.

Read the rest of what the law says here.

Note: Its disappointing that there’s no news about this on the DOH website. HEY YOU GUYS.. UPDATE YOUR SITE!


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