President Duterte has been a controversial figure, to say the least amongst the Filipino people and worldwide. He is known for his abrasive stance on drug crackdown and rude remarks. Earlier this week Duterte signed an executive order to tackle his newest opponent: smoking. The order decreed that smoking would be banned in public places nationwide. This includes the usage of e-cigarettes and vaping.
Smoking has been a long-term issue in the Philippines. According to the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, close to one-third of the adult population, or roughly 17 million Filipinos are smokers.
The response from the public has been overwhelmingly positive.
Smoking areas will be set up at least 10 minutes away from entrances and exits. The law also states that tobacco cannot be sold within 330 feet of anywhere children might me, including schools and playgrounds.
Smoking ban is perhaps the only good deed of Duterte that will unite pro and anti Duterte supporters. 👊
— Takehiko Sato (@officialtakesa) May 18, 2017
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) May 18, 2017