PMFTC Inc., a venture between Philip Morris and Fortune Tobacco, yesterday lashed out at a directive of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) banning cigarette smoking in public places beginning July 1.
PMMFTC said the ban is inconsistent with the provisions of a law which prescribed the areas where smoking is allowed. PMFTC also questioned the authority of the MMDA to issue such a regulation. Chris Nelson, managing director of PMFTC, said the MMDA needs to publish and clarify its ordinance, especially as it relates to the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, which specifically allowed “smoking in public places” under Section 5. The section further defines what these public places are. Ream more »