The Baguio City Smoke-Free Task Force, along with the city officials and the Baguio youth, destroyed around P2.3 million worth of cigarettes confiscated from violators of the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance on Monday, January 25, 2021.
The Task Force crushed 183.3 kilograms of cigarettes, 72.5 kilograms of momma with tobacco, 25 units of electronic nicotine devices, and promotional materials such as ash trays and display racks during the Baguio City flag ceremony. These items were confiscated from individual and establishment violators during enforcement operations.
The crushing of confiscated cigarettes was done as a testament of the city’s commitment of making Baguio Smoke-Free by strongly implementing the anti-smoking ordinance.
“Baguio City is now recognized as the top implementer of the Smoke-Free program at the national level and recipient of the prestigious DOH Red Orchid Award for the past two consecutive years,” said Councilor Joel Alangsab, City Councilor and Chairperson of the City Committee on Health and Sanitation.
He added that the fines collected from violations were used to purchase nicotine-replacement pastilles and were given for free to those who want to quit smoking.
“We are planning to strengthen the monthly compliance monitoring system for the Smoke-Free Baguio City Ordinance through the inspection of establishments and buildings, particularly on the provisions on Tobacco Advertisement and Promotions ban and access restriction, inspection of public conveyances and public terminals, healthcare and government facilities,” said Dr. Rowena Galpo, City Health Officer and Vice Chairperson of the Smoke-Free Task Force.
Compliance monitoring, distribution of IEC materials, advocacy activities, and massive information campaign in communities are some of the strategies that the city, through the Smoke-Free Baguio Project, has done to make Baguio City a model city in pushing for a Smoke-Free environment.
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The content of the ordinance can be found in www.smokefreebaguio.com/ordinance.
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