Starting today, June 27, 2011, smoking will be banned to public places and other specified areas to support the campaign to make Metro Manila 100% smoke-free.
For those who are unfamiliar with the ordinance, posted below is Section 5 of Republic Act 9211:
* Centers of youth activity such as playschools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for persons under eighteen (18) years old;
* Elevator and stairwells;
* Location in which fire hazards are present, including gas stations and storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials;
* Within the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals. Medical, dental, and optical clinics, health centers, nursing homes, dispensaries and laboratories;
* Public conveyance and public facilities including airport and ship terminals and train and bus stations, restaurant and conference halls, except for separate smoking areas; and
* Food preparation areas.
hmmmm bakit wala sa loob ng mga public vehicles like jeepneys and non-aircon buses? mga drivers pa naman ang malakas mag-yosi..
And B-T-W.. Starbucks supports this campaign.
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Some avid Starbucks-goers are against it. Some even sent fillers that they’ll boycott the store.
I know this will draw a lot of mixed reactions. For the benefit of the common good (good health that is) I think it should be strictly implemented. We’re all aware of what smoking could bring to people (re: health concerns), right?. At least for once we should have discipline and obey a certain rule of our law.
Please be guided accordingly. I wrote this as a reminder to my friends and others out there who aren’t still aware of this. Mahuli kayo bigla, hindi nyo pa alam.. 🙂 Iba ang may alam.. (pahiram GMA NEWS TV..)
And yes, I am a non-smoker.. I’ve seen the damage it could bring so I decided to be against it.
P.S. ..against smoking.. not the smokers.. 🙂