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100% smoke-free policy in malls, restaurants urged.

By Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce

Owners of malls and restaurants were urged yesterday by a health think tank to adopt a 100 percent smoke-free policy.

Health Justice Philippines, a group with legal expertise in tobacco control and health promotion, noted that offices, restaurants, malls, and other private businesses are not required by law to establish a Designated Smoking Area (DSA). Owners of these establishments, however, are free to adopt smoke-free policies.

"While it is true that in order for private establishments to be able to allow smoking in their respective areas, they are not even required by law to have a Designated Smoking Area. They are free to adopt a 100 percent smoke-free policy, and there is no provision in EO 26 or the smoke-free EO that prohibits them from disallowing smoking altogether," said HealthJustice President Mary Ann Fernandez Mendoza.

On May 16, President Duterte signed the Executive Order No. 26, which was titled "Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places". On July 23, the nationwide smoking ban officially took effect.

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