Manila to smokers: keep out!

There will be no smoking allowed in public places in all 17 cities of Metro Manila starting May 30.

The Metro Manila smoking ban is being done to protect Filipinos from secondhand smoke, as it is widely perceived to cause lung cancer and other illnesses. Though smoking itself is hazardous as well, as the World Health Organization has reported that smoking kills 10 Filipinos every hour.

New York-based Bloomberg Philanthropies has approved almost ten million pesos for the smoking ban program. It is the organization that manages the giving of billionaire Michael Bloomberg who advocates, among other things, initiatives to curb smoking.

President Noynoy Aquino, who lives in Manila, is a notorious chain smoker.