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Metro Manila to ban smoking in public places.

Manila President Benigno Aquino will try to set a good example to Metro Manilans by not smoking in public places, the palace said.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be enforcing a ban on smoking in public places and Aquino, who smokes, is eager to show that he can lead by example.

"The President has always observed the law, and there is no reason to think otherwise," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte was quoted by reports as saying yesterday.

Beginning today, the MMDA will start apprehending individuals who smoke in public places in all major and secondary roads of the metropolis' 17 cities and municipalities.

"Health and environmental sanitation officers, usually accompanied by policemen, will round up smokers caught violating the provisions of Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, and the smoking prohibitions of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and all local ordinances and issuances," MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said, adding that the ban covers smoking inside public transport such as passenger jeeps and buses.

Fine

Violators will be fined 500 pesos (Dhs42) on first offence while those who cannot afford to pay the fine will do an eight-hour community service stint.

The MMDA local government partnership in the enforcement of an intensified no-smoking policy within Metro Manila coincides with the observance of the 100 per cent Smoke-Free Environment campaign today and the World No Tobacco Day celebration tomorrow.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:May 30, 2011
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