Seryosohan na vs sunog-baga! Iloilo’s task force urges barangays to go smoke-free

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Barangays in Iloilo City are being urged to go smoke-free to eventually free the entire city from the dangers of the smoking habit.

Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) executive director Iñigo Garingalao said most violations of the city’s anti-smoking ordinance are at the barangay level.

Garingalao said barangay officials should draft their respective resolutions against smoking and adopt it in their respective barangays.

Barangay officials can also go to the ICAST office and ask for “no-smoking” signage, he said.

The city government adopted in 2014 the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance, which bans vaping and cigarettes sale within a 100-meter radius from schools, hospitals, public plazas, government buildings and clinics, and laboratories.

Sari-sari stores are also banned from using posters and drop boxes of cigarette companies’ promotions.

Violators face a fine of P2,000 on the first offense; P3,000 on the second offense and one-week suspension or cancellation of the permit, and P5,000 on third offense and revocation of the permit.