Smoke-Free Baguio In Action: MPRB and Middle Quirino Hill

Not only that we’re active online, we’re also active on the ground! We coordinate with our barangay officials and enforcers in distributing information materials, monitoring establishments and public transportations, and apprehending violators.

MPRB Barangay Task Force posted anti-smoking stickers on different establishments and homes in MPRB Barangay last Thursday, September 24. They also apprehended two smoking violators in the barangay on Friday, September 25.

Salute to MPRB Barangay Task Force for posting materials in your barangay and for apprehending violators last week! The Smoke-Free Baguio team appreciates your work in your community!

Middle Quirino Hill Barangay Task Force posted anti-smoking stickers on public jeepneys of Quirino Hill last Thursday, September 24. They also cleared and collected cigarette butts along the road last Friday, September 25. They bottled a total of 122 cigarette butts in their activity.

Salute to Middle Quirino Hill Barangay Task Force for posting materials in your barangay and for collecting cigarette butts in your cleanup drive last week! The Smoke-Free Baguio team appreciates your work in your community!

Continue to coordinate with your barangay for more on-the-ground Smoke-Free activities and report to us if you saw any violations so that we can refer them to the barangay and POSD to address your concerns.

Let us help each other especially in this time of pandemic. Let us all work together for a Smoke-Free Baguio City!



Photo credits from Ms. Leilani Ignacio, Mr. Pedro Dasing, MPRB Barangay and Middle Quirino Hill Barangay.

Featured Activity: Smoking Cessation Program

Our featured activity for today is Smoke-Free Baguio’s Smoking Cessation Program!

Did you know that 78 percent of the current smokers are planning to quit smoking? This is why we are encouraging you to quit smoking or help those who are planning to quit smoking.

We already know how bad smoking is not just for your health, but also for the health of those around you – your family, friends, neighbors or workmates. Maybe you have come to a point where you planned or tried to quit smoking. For some, their attempts were successful, for others, it was a frustrating or difficult experience. But don’t worry, we are here to help you!

Smoke-Free Baguio offers a FREE Smoking Cessation Counselling for smokers who are ready to quit smoking! We are willing to help you by listening, advising, assessing, assisting and following you up in your quitting journey. Our Smoke Cessation program includes counselling, assessing your nicotine dependence and providing free nicotine pastilles.

Remember that willingness to quit smoking starts with YOU, and we are just here to help you. We know it’s hard, but you can do it. Do it for your family, your friends, your workmates and most especially, for yourself.

Set an appointment with us by messaging us in our Facebook page! You can also message us in our page or in our website for more details about our program.

STOP smoking and START living!

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[PRESS RELEASE] Smoke-Free Baguio Launches #DisiplinaMuna – Curve Smoking and COVID-19 Social Media Campaign

Disiplina Muna Post

Smoke-Free Baguio launched #DisiplinaMuna – Curve Smoking and COVID-19 social media campaign last September 22-25, 2020 in Smoke-Free Baguio City Facebook page. The campaign was launched in partnership with International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Baguio City Health Services Office, and the Baguio City Local Government. Ten guidelines were published to remind the citizens of Baguio to follow the ordinance, show respect to others, and work together for a smoke-free Baguio City especially in this time of pandemic.

The ten guidelines were divided into two sections: follow the policies and show respect. These guidelines can be found in the poster with the English translation provided here:

  1. Do not smoke in public places. The smoke in cigarettes have chemicals that can kill you.
  2. Children are not allowed to buy or light cigarettes. Do not show buying, lighting or using cigarettes in front of the children.
  3. Dispose the cigarette butts or filters in the trash. Don’t throw it on the road or squeeze it in a plant or anywhere.
  4. As a sign of respect, stay away from other people if you smoke. Observe physical distancing.
  5. As a sign of respect, avoid talking while smoking to avoid infections of illness especially COVID-19.
  6. As a sign of respect, wash your hands after smoking.
  7. As a sign of respect, wear face mask and face shield immediately after smoking.
  8. As a sign of respect, keep the smoking area clean.
  9. As a sign of respect, avoid using other people’s cigarettes to light your cigarette.
  10. As a sign of respect, bring your own lighter or matches

The Smoke-Free Baguio team however emphasized its stand to constantly remind smokers to stop smoking. The team also reminded the citizens to put their families and others first before themselves, as smoking not only affects the health of the user, but also the health of those around them.

Around 110,800 Facebook users were reached in this campaign, with around 15,800 reached in every post. There are a total of 2,142 engagements, with an average of 306 engagements per post.

In an attempt to reach more people beyond social media, Smoke-Free Baguio is planning to share and reproduce its #DisiplinaMuna campaign materials in print form, and distribute them to different barangays, police stations and media. You can check the materials in our open source folder here. Make sure to inform us when using our materials.

The #DisiplinaMuna campaign was also in-line with Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong’s call for a disciplined Baguio City, as the city becomes a model in contact tracing, COVID-19 testing, and re-opening the economy in time of the pandemic. Baguio City is also known as a Smoke-Free City, due to its anti-smoking ordinance and a strict implementation of its policies.

Smoke-Free Baguio encourages everyone to work together for a smoke-free, COVID-free and disciplined Baguio City! To know more about our programs, you can check our Facebook page here. You can also report violations here. Message us in the website or in our Facebook page if you want to enroll in our smoking cessation counselling program.


Smoke-Free Baguio Report Form

Reporting anti-smoking or anti-vaping violations is now easy! All you have to do is scan our QR code!There are also other ways to report. You can message us report in either of these links:

Don’t worry, your identity and personal information will be kept confidential.For more information, visit us at!

Be informed. Be involved! Let us all work together for a Smoke-Free Baguio City!



Smoke-Free Baguio City Primer for Designated Smoking Areas

Smoking is prohibited in Baguio City except in Designated Smoking Areas (DSA). Get to know more about the Designated Smoking Areas in this primer!

Businesses should apply for DSA duly approved by the City Health Services Office if they want to have a designated smoking area in their establishments. Be sure to meet all the requirements for DSA!

We still encourage everyone to make and keep their establishments and workplaces smoke-free. A smoke-free place leads to a healthy space!

The current Designated Smoking Areas in Baguio City are the following:
• Texas Instruments
• Korean Palace
• Club Myles
• Cholo’s Place
• Café Will
• Lemon and Olives
• Chakaman
• Alfer Building
• Concentrix
• Cap Building John Hay
• The Manor

Areas under Absolute Smoking Ban are the following:
•Center of youth activity
•Youth hostels and recreational facilities for persons under eighteen (18) years old
•Elevators and stairwells
•Food preparation areas;
•Public conveyances
•Enclosed, partially enclosed and outdoor areas of transport terminals that are near entrances and exits or where people congregate; Parks, Plazas.
•Locations 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
•Playgrounds, sports and recreational facilities,
•Within the buildings of all government facilities and premises of all offices:
-Department of Health
-Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education
-Department of Social Welfare and Development
-Civil Service Commission
•Other facilities where an absolute smoking ban is imposed under special laws, administrative and executive orders, memorandum circulars and related policies.

Full DSA Application Process
1. Fill up application form and attach business permit
>Get application form from HSO (Health Services Office)
>Fill up the application form
>Pay PHP 150 inspection fee at HSO cashier
>Submit accomplished form at Smoke-Free Office (3rd floor HSO building) with the following: Updated business permit and official receipt of the inspection fee
*For government premises – Civil Service Commission
*For commercial establishments/buildings or non-government facilities – secure permit from City Buildings Official and City Health Services Office
2. Submit application to HSO for recommendation
>HSO will approve or deny the application
>Applicant will be notified of the date of the inspection
>Smoke-Free Team coordinates with City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO) and HSO Sanitation Division for the date of inspection
>Inspection should be within seven working days after application
3. Smoke-Free Team and HSO inspection in the area
>Team coordinates with point person for the date of inspection and during inspection
>Point person should present the forms during inspection
>Team coordinates with the establishment in complying with the ordinance on DSA
>Inform of the initial results/agreements
*If the establishment failed the criteria for DSA, applicant must return application form with findings and remarks
>Sanitary Inspector submits inspection results to HSO for the DSA final approval of the City Health Officer
4. Approval, follow-up inspection and certification
>The Smoke-Free Inspection Team informs the applicant for DSA posters and Smoke-Free signages
>Smoke-Free Team conducts a follow-up visit once signage and requirements are complied
>HSO issues certification of DSA
>HSO gives letter of result to the establishment within three days
>City Task Force will be informed through advisory/City Task Force meeting

Featured Activity: MPOWER and Enforcement Training

Our featured Smoke-Free Baguio activity is MPOWER and Enforcement training!

MPOWER training is a program designed to educate the community about the implications of smoking. It also highlights the importance of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in addressing the dangers and health implications of smoking. MPOWER training is used to increase the involvement of different sectors in enforcing anti-smoking policies and advocate awareness in the community.

MPOWER stands for:

Monitoring: Tobacco Use, Prevention Policies and Tobacco Industry Activities

Protect People from Exposure to Tobacco Smoke

Offer Help for Smokers/Vapers to Quit

Warn about the Dangers of Tobacco

Enforce Ban on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS)

Raise Taxes/Prices for Tobacco

Smoke-Free Baguio also conducts enforcement training to deputized Smoke-Free Baguio enforcers from different barangays in the city. The enforcement training includes an orientation of the Smoke-Free Baguio City Ordinance (City Ordinance No. 34, series of 2017) and the roles and responsibilities of the Community Task Force.

MPOWER and Enforcement training aims to build the capacity of all members of the Community Task Force and to educate and empower community enforcers in the implementation of the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance.

For two years, Smoke-Free Baguio has conducted nine MPOWER and Enforcement trainings with around 1900 participants in all the combined trainings. Barangay resolutions adapting the Smoke-Free ordinance were made and barangays were eager to get involved in the Smoke-Free program. One participant said after a training “After today, I now understand the need to support and join tobacco control programs, I am now for a Smoke-Free Baguio.”

Watch out for our next batch of MPOWER and Enforcement training soon! Let us work together for a Smoke-Free city through enforcement, education, and community participation!

Be aware. Be empowered. Be involved!



No Individual Booths in Designated Smoking Areas

Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force updates Designated Smoking Area guidelines for the new normal

The Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force clarified and updated the guidelines for Designated Smoking Areas (DSA) to avoid confusion with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) supplemental guidelines on workplace prevention and control of COVID-19.

A joint memorandum of DTI and DOLE was created to provide supplementary guidelines on workplace prevention and control on COVID-19. The memo stated that individual “booths” are to be provided in DSAs. However, according to Baguio City Ordinance No. 34 series of 2017, much known as Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance, DSAs must be located in an open space outside the building with no roof or walls in an outdoor area, thus individual “booths” are not in compliance with the ordinance. The Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force, headed by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong clarified that the City Ordinance will be followed to avoid confusion with the new guidelines.

The Smoke-Free Task Force also added the protocol stated in the DTI-DOLE memo in their inspection and monitoring of DSAs. This includes requiring employees to observe physical distancing, no talking inside the DSA while smoking, handwashing after smoking and the use of face mask and face shield outside the DSA.

Dr. Rowena Galpo, City Health Officer, and Vice-Chair of the Smoke-Free Task Force applauded DOLE and DTI for the policy and said that the city health service and the task force support the new guidelines banning common smoking areas to prevent and control the spread of the virus in the workplace. “We are delighted to be part of this campaign that it will benefit the health of Filipinos and help the government achieve its health-related development goals including its fight against COVID-19” Galpo added.

Businesses in Baguio City must apply for DSA to be approved by Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force should they wish to have smoking areas in their establishments. Baguio City is strictly enforcing the Smoke-Free Ordinance even in this time of pandemic as part of the new normal. As part of advocating the ordinance, we encourage businesses to make or keep their workplaces smoke-free for the benefit of all.


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