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To Smoke or (Where) Not To Smoke

By George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2017 01:34 PM

Executive Order No. 26 or the Nationwide Smoking Ban was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last May 16, 2017 and was implemented 23rd of July.

The EO lists a number of prohibited acts that includes the total ban of smoking in public places and conveyances, and that establishments must have designated smoking areas not exceeding 20 percent of its total floor area. The order also strictly prohibits minors from buying, and consuming tobacco products.Those who violate the EO face fines of up to P10,000.

Despite the order, many Filipinos still smoke in public while keeping a watchful eye for the authorities.

Indigenous people protesting from Mindanao roll tobacco cigarettes as President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Quezon City, 24 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A wall spraypainted with a No Smoking sign at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, 25 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A man puts his pack of cigarettes in his pocket immediately after buying it from a store in Manila, 25 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A patient walks by a No Smoking sign inside the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, 25 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A crowded designated smoking area inside a mall in Manila, 01 August 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Employees take a cigarette break inside a crowded designated smoking area at a mall in Manila, 01 August 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A crowded designated smoking area inside a mall in Manila, 01 August 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Filipino smokers outside the crowded designated smoking area inside a mall in Manila, 01 August 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

'Takatak' vendors roam the streets of Divisoria in Manila, 25 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

'Takatak' vendors roam the streets of Divisoria in Manila, 25 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Men smoke their cigarettes while working at the Divisoria market in Manila, 25 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A man takes a cigarette break in a busy street in Manila, 25 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A minor buys a pack of cigarettes from a sari-sari store in Pasay City, 26 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Foreigners smoke cigarettes inside a bar in Makati City, 26 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Filipinos smoke cigarettes inside a bar, 01 August 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Members of the Philippine Air Force stand beside a No Smoking sign inside Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, 27 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A motorcycle-riding couple takes a cigarette break at Baywalk in Manila, 28 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Cigarette butts litter plant pots in a shopping complex in Pasay City, 30 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A man smokes as he walks the streets of Divisoria market in Manila, 25 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A minor lights a cigarette at a small stall in Divisoria market in Manila, 25 July 2017. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News