Malacañang urged the public to cooperate with authorities implementing the executive order banning smoking nationwide, which took effect yesterday.
ing ban contained in Executive Order 26 prohibits smoking in enclosed public places and public utility vehicles and the selling of tobacco products to minors.
Selling or distributing tobacco in a school, public playground and other areas frequented by minors is also prohibited.
The order also called for the creation of a smoke-free task force in all cities and municipalities to help implement the provisions of the order.
The health department said it may conduct a name and shame campaign against local government units that will fail to enforce the ban.
Emer Rojas, president of anti-smoking group New Vois Association of the Philippines, said President Duterte has already done his part and it is now up to the public and the LGUs to cooperate.