DTI warns retailers: don’t sell cigarettes to minors

IN the Department of Education’s “Eskwela Ban sa Sigarilyo” program, the Department of Trade and Industry reiterated its stern warning to retailers and sari-sari store owners not to sell any tobacco products to minors, as prohibited by the law.

Natalia Dalaten, officer-in-charge provincial director of DTI-Pangasinan said Republic Act 9211, commonly known as the Tobacco Regulation Act, tobacco products should not be sold or even advertised within a hundred meters from schools, public playgrounds, or places commonly visited by minors.

“Aside from selling and advertising, smokers are also required to smoke in designated areas”, she said,

“We will not hesitate to file a complaint against retailers or stores caught selling cigarettes to minors”, she said. Penalty: P100,000 and or jail time not exceeding one year. (Chub Pasion)

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