ILOILO CITY, April 15 (PNA) -– The city government here is putting more teeth to the implementation of Regulation Ordinance 2013-348 by providing a comprehensive anti-smoking measure starting with owners of business establishments.

A recent letter signed and approved by city Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to the business owners called for awareness on the importance of partnership in doing business in Iloilo City by respecting the ordinance.

Section 6 of the ordinance says city hall reserves its rights to inspect all business establishments within its jurisdiction.

The prohibited acts include not posting “No Smoking” signage in the entrance and inside the establishments; providing ash trays in tables within the no smoking area; knowingly allowing, abetting or tolerating smoking any tobacco or using electronic devise system, shishia and the likes; designating smoking area within the building or establishment; and selling or allowing minors to smoke in their establishments.

The other prohibited acts are non-declaration in the business permit indicating the establishment is smoke-free; allowing smoking during events; selling of cigarettes within 100 meters of schools and the 20-meter perimeter of recreational activities, hospital, medical clinic, pharmacy and laboratory; and not posting “No Smoking” signages on public utility vehicle. (PNA)