Policemen are no longer allowed to smoke while in uniform, especially in public areas, Bacolod City Police Office Director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, said yesterday.
De la Paz said policemen should serve as role models and abide by the law that prohibits smoking in public places.
He ordered the establishment of smoking areas in police stations and also asked the police chiefs to monitor their men and make sure that they follow the directive.
De la Paz also said that the Bacolod police will implement the “smoking ban” in public places and in public utility vehicles in the city, like in Manila.
Republic Act No. 9211 section 5 states that smoking is not allowed in centers of youth activity, such as playschools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for persons under 18 years old.
Smoking is also banned in elevators and stairwells, locations in which fire hazard materials are present, such gas stations and storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials and in areas within the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals like medical, dental, and optical clinics, health centers, nursing homes, dispensaries and laboratories.
It is also not allowed under the law to smoke in public conveyances and public facilities, including airports and ship terminals and train and bus stations, restaurants and conference halls, food preparation areas except in designated separate smoking areas.
Anyone who violate this law will pay a fine of P500 but not more than P1,000 for the first offense, a fine of not less than P1,000 but not more than P5,000 for the second offense, and for the third offense, the violator will be fined P5,000 to P10,000.*APN