Foreigner obeys Davao's anti-smoking ordinance, earns praises

An unnamed foreigner, who was photographed smoking in a designated area, earned praises from netizens for obeying Davao's anti-smoking ordinance.

Alex Carpio Pascua‎ took this feel-good picture and shared it on Facebook with the caption:

"Saw a foreigner guy who endure the warm rays of the sun inside the bluebox smoking area. Despite the heat, Obeying laws wouldn't that be difficult. Davao would be still smokers comfortzone afterall?"

The "bluebox" has been designated as a smoking area by the management of a particular mall in compliance to the local government's comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance.

Since May 31, 2013, smoking in public conveyances, government-owned vehicles, workplaces, accommodation and entertainment establishments—such as bars and hotels—enclosed or partially enclosed public places, and public buildings is strictly prohibited in Davao.

Smoking is also banned in public outdoor spaces such as cemeteries, terminals and markets as well as public gatherings like concerts, rallies, parades, among others.

People are not even allowed to smoke within 10 meters from the entrance and exit of establishments and in areas where people pass. They can only smoke in their houses, private vehicles and in designated outdoor smoking areas.

First-time violators will be given a citation ticket, required to attend smoking cessation counseling, and pay the administrative penalty of P500. For subsequent violators, the fines are increased ranging from P1,000 to P5,000.

Republic Act 9211, also known as the "Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003," does not have imprisonment as punishment. Davao's anti-smoking ordinance has such penalty.

If Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will be elected President come 2016, a nationwide implementation of this law is highly possible.

Sources: Facebook, GMA News