DTI warns retailers not to sell tobacco products to minors

DAGUPAN CITY — In support to the Department of Education’s EskweLA BAN sa Sigarilyo initiative, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pangasinan reiterated its warning to retailers not to sell cigarettes or any tobacco products to minors as it is unlawful and absolutely prohibited.

Natalia Dalaten, officer-in-charge provincial director of DTI-Pangasinan, reminded retailers to strictly observe the provisions on the sale of tobacco products as provided by Republic Act (RA) 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act that bans on the sale and advertisement of tobacco products within the 100-meter perimeter of schools, public playground or other facility frequented particularly by minors. 

“Likewise, to protect the consumers on their right to a healthy environment, smokers are required to smoke only on designated smoking areas,” she said.

She added that smokers are also significantly warned on the bad effects of smoking as shown in the required health warnings printed in the label of the tobacco product package such as “GOVERNMENT WARNING: Cigarette Smoking is Dangerous to Your Health.”

“Any violation of the RA 9211 for selling tobacco products will be fined of not more than Php100,000 for the first offense or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both, at the discretion of the court shall be imposed,” Dalaten said.

Dalaten enjoined everybody to observe healthy lifestyle and to possibly quit smoking. For more information on the sale of tobacco products and markings and labeling requirements, visit the DTI-Pangasinan at the 2nd Floor of Star Building in Arellano Street, Dagupan City or call telephone numbers (075) 515-3183 or 529-6177 or send an e-mail at
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