Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Benjamin Abalos, Jr., praised the Summer Capital’s comprehensive Anti-Smoking ordinance and urged other local government units to adopt the same effective measure during the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) 8th Asia Pacific
Smoke-Free Meeting, October 27-28, 2022, at Baguio Country Club with the theme, “Rising amidst the challenges; Strengthening and sustaining smoke-free implementation and enforcement”.

Mayor and Baguio antismoking task force chair Benjamin Magalong said his administration will continue to
strictly enforce the city’s antismoking ordinance ‘without fear or favor’ as it continues to prioritize the health and safety of local residents. Adopted in 2017 and principally authored by former councilor Joel Alangsab, the ‘Baguio Smoke-Free Ordinance’ prohibits the use, sale, distribution, and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products in certain places and imposing penalties for violations.

Also present during the meeting was Department of Health (DOH) undersecretary Beverly Ho who spoke on promoting smoke-free as a way of life.Around 150 participants joined the two-day activity with delegates coming from Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines.
The next meeting is slated in 2024 in Lao. City health services office (CHSO) assistant head Dr. Celia
Brillantes said the meeting aimed to share best practices on smoke-free implementation and enforcement as part of comprehensive tobacco control and health promotion; among others.

The event was organized by the city government of Baguio, Department of Health, World Health Organization- Western Pacific Region, Smoke- Free Cities Asia Pacific Network, and SEATCA.

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