Philippines President Duterte Expected To Sign Regulation Banning Smoking In Public Areas, Health Department Official Says

Agence France-Presse: Philippines’ Duterte to ban smoking in public
“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will this month ban smoking in public, the health department said on Wednesday, further strengthening some of the toughest tobacco regulation in Asia…” (10/12).

Associated Press: The Philippine president’s next campaign: public smoking ban
“…The department is pushing for the ban to start before the law providing for graphic health warnings on tobacco products is fully implemented on Nov. 4…” (10/11).

Reuters: Philippines set to roll out tough no-smoking law
“…Around 17 million people, or nearly a third of the adult population, smoke in the Philippines, according to a 2014 report by Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance — the second highest in the region after Indonesia. Nearly half of all Filipino men and nine percent of women smoke, and experts say the habit costs the economy nearly $4 billion in health care and productivity losses every year…” (Kapoor/Cruz, 10/12).