Davao City is making headlines again.
This time it is not about fighting criminality, which Davao City is trying to set an example by sternly warning people to give up their evil intentions when in the city or risk leaving the city either horizontally or vertically.
This time it is about determinedly urging people, while in the city, to respect the city’s ordinance against smoking.
In the same manner that the city government is succeeding in their fight against criminality, the same success is being felt against smoking as Davao City has just been named the first 100-percent smoke-free metropolitan in Southeast Asia, more than a decade after its implementation of a city-wide smoking ban
The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (Seatca) has recently recognized Davao City for successfully implementing its Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance passed in 2002.
Seatca is a multi-sectoral alliance supporting ASEAN countries in developing tobacco control policies. It works closely with the ASEAN governments and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Davao last May further tightened its anti-smoking rules through the implementation of the New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance.
An electronic cigarette, also known as e-cigarette is an electronic inhaler that vaporizes a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking.
Shisha, the origins of which are disputed (some say India, others Persia or Turkey) is a glass-bottomed water pipe in which fruit-flavored tobacco is covered with foil and roasted with charcoal. The tobacco smoke passes through a water chamber and is inhaled deeply and slowly; the fruit-flavored tobacco tastes smooth and smells sweet, enthusiasts say, making it an enjoyable and indulging experience.
It is growing in popularity but some experts say a single shisha session is the same as smoking 200 cigarettes.
The new ordinance also broadens the coverage of the smoking ban, to include all public places, buildings and outdoor spaces, and public and government-owned vehicles.
So there you go.
But, if you ask me, I’m not about ready to go to Davao yet.