Penalty for Cigarette Smokers

The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has passed on second reading a draft ordinance seeking to expand the scope of the anti-smoking ordinance and increase the penalty for cigarette smokers here.

The proposed edict submitted by Councilor Redford Erfe Mejia seeks to amend an existing city ordinance passed some five years ago imposing only light penalties to violators or smokers inside public utility vehicles.

The new ordinance set to be passed by the SP on third and final reading next week provides that the anti-smoking ordinance is enforced not only inside public utility vehicles but in all public places within the city, such as the city hall, public market, parks and schools, public or private.

Erfe-Mejia said that the existing anti-smoking ordinance netted only few fines because it is imposed only inside public utility vehicles plying or passing through the city of Dagupan.

If the amended ordinance is approved in its third and final reading, signed into law by Mayor Benjamin Lim and thereafter published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city, more violators would be fined and taught a lesson.

The proposed amended ordinance increased the fines for violators at from P100 to P500 for the first offense, P500 to P1,000 for the second offense; and P1,000 to P2,000 for the second offense.

He said the amended ordinance is not only attuned to the campaign of the government that will cushion the impact of climate change but will also promote a healthy and clean people as well as environment.

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