MMDA beefs up anti-smoking campaign

Posted at 06/07/12 8:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ramped up its anti-smoking campaign, coinciding with the passage of the sin tax bill by the House of Representatives.

In a press statement, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino hailed the passage of the sin tax bill, saying the agency will be deploying mobile cessation clinics this month to offer violators advice on how to kick the habit.

The MMDA enforces the smoke-free ordinances in 7 cities within Metro Manila.

Currently, apprehended smokers are fined P500 or required to do community work.

Tolentino says those who opt for community service will now spend time inside the MMDA mobile clinic, watching a 20-minute video on how to quit smoking.

The MMDA has rounded up over 31,000 violators since July last year or an average of 142 smokers per day. -- ANC