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May 31, 2021

MMDA Joins Observance of World No Tobacco Day

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) joins the nation on the observance of "World No Tobacco Day" today, with this year’s theme “Commit to Quit”.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the agency is committed to help in raising awareness on tobacco control, highlighting the ill effects of smoking to the public.

"We must unceasingly promote a healthier environment and encourage tobacco users to quit smoking as the public deals with stress especially during this unprecedented times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic," Abalos said.

The MMDA, likewise, is working with all local government units in Metro Manila in monitoring the public compliance on advertising and promotion, selling and display, and use of tobacco in public establishments, particularly near school premises.

“We really have to work hand-in-hand. Hence, we encourage all the Metro Manila mayors to strictly enforce their respective ordinances prohibiting smoking on public places,” he added.

Smoking is prohibited on public places such as schools, playgrounds, health facilities, stairwells, public utility vehicles, transportation terminals, food preparation areas, among others.

For her part, Dr. Loida Alzona, Director of the MMDA Health and Environmental Protection Office, urged all smokers to permanently quit tobacco consumption as it contributes to serious health problems.

"There is a need to protect our present and future generations from the devastating consequences of tobacco use. Let me also remind the public that secondhand smoke is as dangerous as smoking," Alzona stressed.

To further promote smoke-free public transportation terminals, ‘No Smoking’ signages will be posted on all EDSA Busway stations in coordination with the Department of Transportation.

World No Tobacco Day, a global campaign initiated by the World Health Organization, is celebrated annually every 31st of May.

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