House Bill No. 401, also called the ‘Cigarettes Holiday Bill’, will also provide penalties to those who will defy it.
“The legislation is not a rehash or a refile of any previous bill, and it reinforces one of the thrusts of the administration of newly-sworn in President Rodrigo Duterte, which is to curb smoking,” Abellanosa said.
In addition to his proposal, Abellanosa stated that 200 Filipinos die daily due to tobacco-related diseases, or a rough estimate of 71,850 a year.
Over 500,000 Filipino children and approximately 15.6 million adults are tobacco users despite the harmful effects it poses.
For smokers who would be caught smoking during the 15th, a 5,000 fine will be their first offense, P25,000 will be for the second offense, and a one-day to 30 days imprisonment and P50,000 fine for the subsequent offenses.
For those who would be caught selling cigarettes, a P10,000 fine will be for the first offense, a one-day to 30 days imprisonment and P50,000 fine will be for the second offense and a one-month imprisonment to six months and a P100,000 fine for the subsequent offenses.