MANILA Oct 11 Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte is set to sign a regulation this month banning smoking
in public across Southeast Asia’s second-most populous country,
rolling out among the toughest anti-tobacco laws in the region.
Public health campaigners who have long battled against the
country’s hefty tobacco lobby welcomed the push to end smoking
in public places and said they believed Duterte, with his tough
anti-vice record, was the man to do it.
Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial told Reuters on
Tuesday she hoped the president would sign the ban, which
expands the definition of public places, into law before the end
of October and that it would come into effect next month.
She was quoted by newspapers as saying that no smoking would
be allowed in public places, whether indoor or outdoor.