Smoke in sight
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The campaign against smoking in public places in Dumaguete City will see the light of day in September this year with the full implementation of the No-Smoking Ordinance.
The ordinance will focus more on school campuses around the city. Officials say it will be strictly enforced in all public elementary and secondary schools of the city division, as well as the perimeters of other educational institutions in the city.
Deployment of enforcers in all areas, including City Hall will see to the strict enforcement of the law. The Mayor has made it clear to all employees that not a single place in City Hall has been designated as smoking area. The ordinance imposes fines and penalties.
The provincial government has also stepped up its anti-smoking fight through a sponge campaign to sustain the anti-smoking ordinances passed by 17 local government units in the province.
The sponge campaign aims to inform cigaret smokers in the province about the serious impact of tobacco on their health and motivate them to quit before they become sick.
We congratulate all stakeholders of the no-smoking ordinance and urge them to be firm, and vigilant, and that no flip-flopping decisions on the imposition of fines and penalties will take place.
We hope to see you all in September, with no smoke getting in your eyes.*