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DOH to assist Caraga LGUs in antismoking drive

The Department of Health in Caraga said it will start assisting local government units (LGUs) in the five provinces of the region in safeguarding the health of their constituents after the nationwide smoking ban took effect.

“The DOH Caraga is enthusiastic and is looking forward to this step of our government to safeguard health, the health of our people and the health of generations to come,” Caraga health director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said.

Citing the Executive Order (EO) 26 signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte last May 16, which imposes a nationwide smoking ban, Llacuna said regional health officials and personnel will closely coordinate with the LGUs for massive information and education campaigns on the smoking ban.

Under the EO, smoking will be banned in all public places including schools; work places; government facilities; establishments that provide food and drinks, accommodations and professional services; outdoor spaces like playgrounds, sport centers, church grounds, hospitals, transportation terminals, markets, parks, resorts, waiting areas, walkways and sidewalks; elevators and stairwells; locations where fire hazards are present; and public transportation. By CLC

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