Govt workers told to join smoke cessation program

BAGUIO CITY – The Smoke Free Baguio Task Force is asking city government workers who have not yet kicked the smoking habit to participate in the on-going smoke cessation program at the Health Services Office (HSO) headed by Dr. Rowena Galpo.

Task force action officer Dr. Donna Tubera said they are also requesting for the names of government employees who are still smoking especially at the premises of City hall so they can advise Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who chairs the group, to issue an order directing these employees to join the smoke cessation program.

Last year, the city council adopted Ordinance No. 34, series of 2017, or the "Smoke Free Baguio Ordinance" that makes it unlawful for any person to smoke or allow smoking in public utility vehicles, government-owned vehicles or any other means of public transport for passengers.

Smoking is also not allowed in accommodation and entertainment establishments, public buildings, public places, enclosed public places or any enclosed areas outside of one's private residence or private place of work, except in duly designated smoking areas approved by the city health officer.

Violators of the measure on smoking or vaping are fined P1,000 for the first offense; P2,000, second offense; and P3,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months or both at the discretion of the court. The HSO can be contacted at tel. no. 442-4542 for more information on the ordinance.

The Mayor has often reminded government officials and employees to set the example in strictly adhering to the city's rules and regulations.-gaby keith

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