Scrapping of smoking ban in Tagaytay scored


MANILA, Philippines—Health advocates on Tuesday slammed the decision of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) of Cavite to scrap the smoking ban in Tagaytay City.

According to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP), the powerful tobacco lobby may have been behind the junking of the Tagaytay ordinance that banned smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, in all public areas in the tourist city.

“We cannot rule out the tobacco industry’s role in any watered-down smoke-free ordinance, including in its crafting, passage, implementation and enforcement. There is big business to protect in every smoke-free ordinance that goes out there,” the FCAP said in a statement.

It said the Cavite provincial council declared the antismoking ordinance an “invalid local legislation” because it went “beyond what is prescribed” by Republic Act No. 9211, or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, in “terms of how the national law defines ‘public places.’”

But FCAP pointed out that the provincial council had approved a similar local decree by the municipality of Carmona in December 2011, even as it was scrapping Tagaytay’s ordinance.

“Oddly enough, the Carmona municipal ordinance, which bore definitions lifted from the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in reference to fully and partially enclosed areas and public places, was passed unopposed and escaped the scrutiny of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan,” FCAP said.

The group encouraged local government units to adhere to the FCTC which was ratified by the Philippines in 2005 and should have been fully implemented by 2010.

It also reminded LGU officials to observe a Civil Service Commission circular prohibiting tobacco industry interference in government offices.

“If we are going to believe Cavite’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan that Tagaytay’s ordinance went beyond RA 9211, then how come we have other LGUs like Albay that approved a smoke-free ordinance which was clearly broader than the national law?” FCAP said.

“The fact remains the Philippines is a signatory to the FCTC and is obligated to adhere in good faith to the treaty’s provisions,” it said.

The group said that, under the FCTC, a local government may enact an ordinance with greater restrictions than RA 9211, if such an ordinance is deemed responsive to the needs of the local government and its constituents.

“One example of this is the ban on e-cigarettes that Tagaytay City wishes to implement,” FCAP said.

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  • gryzyxwoz

    This is bad news.

  • kismaytami

    Madalas akong nagagawi ng Tagaytay, di naman pansin ang smoking ban.

  • ern

    Those “cause -oriented” idiots should channel their attention and energy to more imporant matters like the manila bay and pasig river.

    They want to smoke, let them die if you believe so. There are other more poisonous elements in the air than cigarette smoke. Smoking is also a right so stop being stupid. You are an insult to the scavengers and garbage collectors who cannot afford to sanitize themselves….and they are exposed to dangerous chemicals.

    • marienkind

      Spoken like a true junkie. Even if smoking isn’t hazardous to anybody but your health, it’s still annoying, smelly, and unsightly in any place other than smoking areas. Stop justifying it just because youre hooked to burning bits of paper and dried leaves at the edge of your mouth.

      • ScottEwing

        WE don’t like you much either. Go somewhere else.

    • andresa igbac

      smokers have a right to die. but they have no right to inflict disease on others who inhale their second-smoke smoke. they also don’t have the right to give suffering to people who will take care of them when they get cancer from smoking, and who have to spend a lot of money for their medical care and funeral.

      • ScottEwing

        SHS was invented by tobacco control shills, and counted on dumb people believing their drivel.Show me a SCIENTIFIC, peer reviewed study, that supports your position. (there isn’t one)

      • John Davidson

        Hitler was a Leftist
        Hitler’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign

        One particularly vile individual, Karl Astel — upstanding president of Jena University, poisonous anti-Semite, euthanasia fanatic, SS officer, war criminal and tobacco-free Germany enthusiast — liked to walk up to smokers and tear cigarettes from their unsuspecting mouths. (He committed suicide when the war ended, more through disappointment than fear of hanging.) It comes as little surprise to discover that the phrase “passive smoking” (Passivrauchen) was coined not by contemporary American admen, but by Fritz Lickint, the author of the magisterial 1100-page Tabak und Organismus (“Tobacco and the Organism”), which was produced in collaboration with the German AntiTobacco League.

  • Simon Ward

    I doubt very much this had anything to do with the “powerful tobacco lobby”, and I doubt the FCAP believes it either. Resistance to anti-smoking legislation comes from all sectors of society. Plus advocating a ban on e-cigarettes just highlights their utter intolerance and lack of humanity.

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  • ang_dagat

    Not allowing a person to smoke in the open air all over a city is not good for tourism. Sure I agree with RA No 9211. I smoke myself but always take a non-smoking room in a hotel. Maybe a few areas of a city could be designated non-smoking, like outside schools etc.

  • buttones

    All public areas? That really needs defining, all streets, squares, beaches, roads parks etc are ’public’ areas. Why don’t these people just copy the idea of many a country and ban smoking in all bars and restaurants. That would be a start and is workable, easily monitored and policed by the owners of these places because multiple breaches of the law results in a lost business license. Sometimes I wonder how these people who sit on Provincial Boards ever got their jobs….[that’s a silly question isn’t it….]

    • Simon Ward

      You know, right, that the ultimate goal of the hardcore anti-smoking lobby is to ban it everywhere? They take their lead from the US, in particular California. Last time I was in Del Mar, the entire town was no-smoking. Also the beaches in San Diego. It’s important that people with common sense, like yourself, stand up to their bullying ways.

    • ang_dagat

      RA No 9211 already covers that. It is just that some Mayors want to extend it beyond that …..

      • buttones

        Thank you- having skipped through the RA it’s quite comprehensive and a bit odd in some cases- The restrictions on advertising are weak, there are absolute bans in a few obvious areas such as gas stations schools etc, but as I read it the ban regarding food and beverage places is in preparation areas only- a restaurant can still have smoking designated areas .I suspect this RA was vetted by the tobacco barons..- on Mayors wanting to expand on this RA their time might be better spent policing the existing Act, sales to minors for one, we’ve all seen that, and it’s ok to advertise tobacco in a cinema as long as admission is over 18? And then it says “ All tobacco advertising on television, cable television and radio, as well as all cinema and outdoor advertising, shall be prohibited.” That’s contradictory.

        As I read it the whole thing is a mess…. Very ambiguous and meaningless in many parts, it’s ten years old now and needs a revamp. I’m no smoker but if a guy won’t be allowed to sit on park bench and smoke a cigar, that’s getting too much like a police state.

      • ang_dagat

        TBH, I never read it. For the seven years I am here I assumed that the law banned smoking in all public enclosed spaces except for designated smoking areas though some sort of RA.

      • buttones

        Seems we have been back about the same time- it was your post that prompted me to read this RA- it’s confusing. Anyway thank you for your post, I have learned something today….

      • ARIKUTIK

        Smoking ban is justification to raise tax on cigarettes. If smoking is unhealthy to all who breathes then just ban the sale of cigarettes. This can not be done for sure because governments earns so much tax to be pocketed by the president and her cohorts. HIPOCRAZY to the max.

      • ang_dagat

        …and loving it :)

      • ang_dagat

        …. and loving it :)

  • Manuel_II

    Imposing someone will to others is Dictatorship, if someone wants to smoke, let him, if some one doesn’t want to smoke its his choice, let democracy work for our country.

  • $5699914

    Smoker ako, pero I know how to smoke responsibly. It means, lumalayo ako sa tao kapag naninigarilyo ako, lalo na sa mga bata, babae at buntis.

    Kapag may nakalagay na no-smoking, hindi ako naninigarlyo, naghahanap ako ng puwesto na maaaring manigarilyo.
    In esseence, huwag namang i-bully yung mga responsableng naninigarilyo. Hindi naman laht ng naninigarilyo ay pabigat sa lipunan.

    • blue01

      There are also irresponsible smokers that smoke in comfort rooms and inside cars , suddenly disappears in the middle of something just to take a yosi-break, throws cigarette butts anywhere, etc… It is this irresponsible smokers that puts the stigma on responsible smokers like yourself.

      Do “responsible” smokers like yourself have some organization (formal or informal) to “check” and monitor your own?? Or is it every man for himself? If not then may be it’s about time. Until then non-smokers and these “bully” hardcore no-smoking
      advocates/lobbyists as Mr. Simon Ward calls them has the right to do what they do.

      • $5699914

        No organization is needed…it goes with the notion of ‘respecting others when you light a stick’, i believe.
        Sadly, there are really those ‘pasaway’ people, specially when they are drunk! On that case, apply the law to them to teach them a lesson.

  • nisakiman

    What they don’t tell you is that the FCTC, (a document generated by the World Health Organisation) is funded by three of the biggest pharmaceutical industries in the world. The same pharmaceutical industries who have been building a multi-billion dollar industry peddling useless nicotine patches / gums (as little as 2.4% success rate) on the back of the smoking bans mandated by…..the FCTC.

    As always, if you want to know what is driving what seems like senseless and coercive legislation, follow the money.

    And it is standard training in the tobacco control seminars that whenever someone seems to be standing up against smoking bans, you always accuse them of being in the pay of Big Tobacco, even if you know there is no connection. This is done to discredit them.

    I would put some links up, but Disqus is often programmed to junk posts with links. Anyway, you will find lots of well researched information at a site called tctactics-dot-org. Google it. You will be surprised at how many (and how big) lies you have been told by the Tobacco Control Industry. It’s what they do. Twist the stats to suit their agenda.

  • Hey_Dudes

    I don’t smoke myself never did and I truly abhor someone smoking and his smoke is all over my face. However, isn’t this going too far? This smoking ban in Tagaytay in many places including public areas? Problem with this is, what will these officials think of the next thing to ban?

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