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CSC issues 100% smoke free policy

Davao City (6 January) -- In light of the hazards and harmful effects brought by smoking to people's health, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued a policy that encourages people to quit smoking for health reasons.

CSC Memorandum Circular No. 17, series of 2009 dated May 29, 2009, declares 100% SMOKE FREE POLICY and SMOKING PROHIBITION in all areas of government premises, building and grounds, except for open spaces designated as smoking areas. This is to ensure a healthy and productive workforce.

A "smoking area" refers to an outdoor space designated by the head of the agency that meets the following requirements:

1. It shall be located in an open space with no permanent or temporary roof or walls in an outdoor area;

2. It shall not be located within 10 meters of entrances, exits or any place where people pass or where people congregate;

3. It shall not have an area larger than 10 square meters;

4. No government building shall have more than one designated smoking area;

5. No food or drinks shall be served in the designated smoking area; and

6. Every smoking area shall have highly visible and prominently displayed "Smoking Area" signages.

The policy not only encourages people to quit smoking but also seeks to protect people from exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke, as shown in recent studies, can be harmful to people's health even small amounts of it. It causes lung cancer, increases the risk of a heart attack, triggers asthma, and causes acute respiratory effects.

Any violation of the said policy, as provided in aforementioned memorandum circular, is a ground for disciplinary action. (CSC XI/PIA XI) [top]

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