Philippines to ban smoking in public

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Added On May 20, 2017

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in all public places across the country. 
 
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The order sets strict guidelines on designated areas where smoking is prohibited or may be allowed, with breaches attracting a maximum penalty of four months in jail and a fine up to 100 U.S. dollars.
 
It specifically bans smoking in all public places including schools, workplaces, government facilities, establishments that provides food and drinks, and hotels.
 
It also states that buildings are not allowed to have more than one designated smoking area, or that minors should not be allowed in them.
 
Like many countries, the Philippines has been trying to cut the number of smokers in the country in recent decades, particularly through hiking tobacco taxes.
 
Around 16 million Filipinos smoked regularly in 2015.  A drop of 2 million since  2009.