SCAN Bulletin #130                                                                           March 2, 2023
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SCAN Philippines Officers' Planning Meeting
24 February 2023
Seated (L-R): Mayor Raymond Malapajo, Mayor Liecel Seville (SCAN Philippines President), Dr Domilyn Villarreiz (SEATCA), Mayor Felipe Neri Yap

Standing (L-R):Dr Anton Javier (SEATCA), Mr Iñigo Garingalao, Vice Mayor Rommel Maslog, Ms Jinky Celera, Dr Gay Ardanas, Ms Leah Bagamaspad, Ms Estelita Cadiente, Dr Donna Panes, Ms Tina Matawaran, Dr Lahaina Bulaong 

SINGAPORE: Dozens of smokers were streaming in and out of a designated smoking area in Orchard Road on Monday (Feb 20), nearly a week after tobacco taxes went up 15 per cent.

A pack of cigarettes has gone up by about S$1.50 to S$2, but it wasn't stopping the smokers there.

A blanket ban on smoking on college and university campuses took effect yesterday with the implementation of an amendment to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act (菸害防治法). The Ministry of Education said it has instructed schools to remove outdoor smoking areas and put up “no smoking” signs at campus entrances by the end of this month.

Schools must be wholly non-smoking environments by Wednesday, the ministry said, adding that they are required to patrol smoking hot spots and set penalties for contraventions, while faculty and staff are responsible for dissuading people from smoking on campus.

It ordered schools to inform faculty, staff, students and visitors about the no-smoking rules, with special emphasis on getting the message to students who live in campus dorms or attend classes at night, as well as foreign students. READ MORE
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