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PIA Press Release
2009/06/16

CSC adopts 'Smoke Free Environment Policy'

Tuguegarao, Cagayan (16 June) -- To ensure a healthy and productive government workforce, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) through a memorandum circular adopts and promulgates a 100% Smoke Free Policy and a Smoking Prohibition in all areas of government premises, buildings, and grounds for a smoke-free work environment.

The policy also seeks to encourage people to quit smoking for health reasons and to protect the people from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Recent studies show among others, that even small amounts of secondhand exposure can be harmful to people's health, it causes lunG cancer, increase the risk of a heart attack, triggers asthma attack, and causes acute respiratory effects.

Secondhand smoke which has higher concentration of toxic chemicals than smoke inhaled by smokers, is a known carcinogen, and an occupational carcinogen containing formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic, ammonia and hydrogen cyanide.

The policy finds legal basis from the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (RA 9211) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 8 and its guidelines.

The CSC memorandum also issued guidelines of the policy which include: absolute prohibition of smoking in or on the premises, buildings, and ground of government agencies providing health, education and/or social welfare development services; smoking areas with signage which contains the information regarding the hazardous effects of smoking on the smoker's health; and 'no smoking' signage in conspicuous locations within the government premises, posted and displayed prominently; all ashtrays shall be removed except in designated areas; and, smoking shall also be prohibited in government vehicles.

The CSC enjoins all heads of agencies to ensure that all employees and their transacting public are made aware of the memorandum circular and the prohibition on smoking except in designated outdoor areas. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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