Anti-Smoking saturation drive starts, nets violators Print
Friday, 01 June 2018 14:06

The city government’s Smoke-Free Enforcement Team conducted its first saturation campaign in downtown Zamboanga yesterday vis-a-vis the full implementation of the Anti-Smoking Ordinance 469, and apprehended a number of people smoking in open public places.

The apprehended individuals were issued citation tickets for violation of Ordinance 469. Some paid the P1,000 fine for first offense, others rendered community service.

Composed of personnel from the City Health Office, Business Permit and Licensing Office, City Treasurer, City Administrator’s Office (Task Force Ordinance) and the police, the enforcement operatives swooped down on the central business district at 8 a.m. yesterday, observed as “World No Tobacco Day.”

City Licensing Officer Benjie Barredo said the enforcement team split into two groups and visited a total of 67 business establishments, reminding them about the required posting of “Strictly No Smoking” stickers and designation of a smoking area, if necessary, as prescribed in the anti-smoking edict.

He said apprehension of smokers in open public places will henceforth be done every day by the police and/or Task Force Ordinance personnel.

It has been emphasized though that the ordinance does not totally ban smoking in Zamboanga City. It only regulates cigarette smoking, especially in public places and other areas where people converge, including the public transportation system.

Under the ordinance, smoking, selling and distribution of cigarettes are strictly prohibited in the premises of schools, hospitals, clinics, hotels, parks and sidewalks. Selling of cigarettes to minors is likewise prohibited.-(Vic Larato)