Rodrigo Duterte's new Philippines smoking ban wins widespread support

A Philippine ban on smoking in public places has received broad support, with anti-tobacco activists hailing it as a victory and some smokers saying they were now prepared to kick the habit.

Even an industry lobby group, the Philippine Tobacco Institute (PTI), said it supported the regulation and acknowledged the health objectives.

President Rodrigo Duterte this week signed an executive order delayed from last year due to corporate resistance. It sets strict guidelines on designated smoking areas.

Shares in LT Group, the Philippines’ top cigarette maker, fell as much as 4.4 percent to near one-month low following the news.

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