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Quezon town temporarily bans cigarettes amid COVID-19 threat

By: - Correspondent / @dtmallarijrINQ
/ 06:32 PM March 29, 2020

LUCENA CITY, Quezon – The mayor of General Luna town in Quezon has ordered a temporary ban on the sale and purchase of cigarettes starting Monday (March 30) as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the province.

In issuing Executive Order No. 29, Mayor Matt Erwin Florido said he disallowed the sale and purchase of cigarettes in the town for the duration of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine earlier ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

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“There are lots of townsfolk that still give priority in buying cigarette instead of basic necessities like food,” Florido said in his order in Filipino, a copy of it was posted on his Facebook on Sunday.

Florido lectured that non-smoking helps maintain good health and prevent heart and respiratory illnesses like lung cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and emphysema.

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Florido warned store violators that their licenses face revocation and smokers will be made to pay fines the amount of which will have to be determined by the local government.

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