7-Eleven told in Davao: Stop selling cigarettes

Subscribe Now January 04, 2016 at 08:35am

THE Davao City's Anti-Smoking Task Force (ASTF) had asked the international convenience store chain 7-Eleven to either stop selling cigarettes or risk its business permit.

This, after the ASTF observed that a number of convenience stores in the city are selling cigarettes while serving food at the same time, which is prohibited as stipulated in the Executive Order (EO) 4, series of 2014, section 7 (e) stating "selling of cigarettes or any tobacco products shall not be allowed inside the accommodation and entertainment establishments and public buildings."

The 7-Eleven is classified as an accommodation and entertainment establishment under City Ordinance 0367-12 or the New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Davao City.

"There are a number of convenience stores coming up, new, starting last quarter of the year and we would like to remind them that they are not allowed to sell cigarettes 100 meters from the boundary of the school," said Domilyn Villareiz, ASTF head.

She added that they already have a legal opinion from the City Legal Office stating that those establishments selling cigarettes are not allowed to have refreshment parlors within its building.

In a letter addressed to all 7-Eleven establishments in Davao City, ASTF chair and city administrator Jesus Melchor V. Quitain said the franchisers failed to comply with EO 4 series of 2014, section 7 E.

"Cease and refrain from selling cigarettes in your establishment otherwise, the city government of Davao shall cause the revocation of your business permits," read the letter.

"We are expecting that owners of the franchises will comply to this as soon as possible," Villareiz said.

Meanwhile, the ASTF noted an increase of 31 percent to 5,220 in number of violators of the city ordinance as compared to last year's 4,000 record.

Collection of penalties from the violators of the ordinance both individual and establishments already reached P1.8 million from January to October of this year.

Based on the Anti-Smoking Task Force office's record, collection from June of 2013 to December of last year reached to P3 million. The value collected was donated to House of Hope.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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