Davao ordinance

DAVAO CITY - The anti-smoking task force of this city has announced the upcoming implementation of the new and comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance.

During a regular press briefing here Monday, Dr. Domilyn Villareiz, chief of the anti-smoking task force here, said her office is now conducting an all-out information drive, lectures, and advocacy works to inform the public about Ordinance No. 0367-12 or the New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Davao City.

The ordinance was enacted by the City Council last year and was approved by City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on November 5, 2012.

Villareiz said Ordinance No. 0367-12 is not an amendment to the old anti-smoking ordinance but a new one.

It will cover not only cigarettes but also all other tobacco products, including water pipes and the so-called electronic or e-cigarettes, she added.

"Even if they say there is no tobacco product in e-cigarette or does not contain nicotine it is still covered by the new ordinance," Villareiz emphasized.

This would mean persons caught smoking e-cigarettes not in designated areas in the city will be apprehended.

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