Smoking is only allowed in designated hotel and motel rooms, private residential properties.
While in Boracay, smokers can still smoke, of course, except in places where the smoking ban is imposed.
Under the comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance in the municipality of Malay – where Boracay is located – “it shall be unlawful for any person to smoke… in public utility vehicles, government-owned vehicle or any other means of public transport… accommodation and entertainment establishment, public building, public place…, enclosed public place, or in any enclosed area outside of one’s private residence…”
If you smoke and plan to to visit Boracay Island, better educate yourselves where designated smoking areas are, before even thinking of lighting a stick of your favorite cigarette brand. Otherwise, you’re willing to pay for at least P500 to a maximum of P2,500 for the first offense.
Local health officials in Aklan province are enforcing a no-smoking ordinance there, GMA News reported.
Those found violating the smoking ban will be fined P500 to P2,500 for the first offense; and P1,000 to P5,000 for the second offense.
The third offense may net a fine of P5,000 plus community service.
Aside from Boracay, other areas in Aklan are similarly imposing no-smoking ordinances, including Ibajay and Buruanga.
Visitors to Boracay will also be discouraged from littering.
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