MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a ban on sale, importation and use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vapes.
Furthermore, the Chief Executive ordered law enforcement agencies to arrest anyone who would be caught vaping in all public places across the country.
The President is convinced that vaping poses more harm to people than smoking ordinary cigarettes.
“Vaping is also dangerous and I am banning it, and if you are smoking now, you will be arrested,” he announced during the press briefing on Tuesday (November 19) in Malacañang.
“I am banning the importation. Customs, you listen to it. I’m banning it altogether,” he added.
The President said he will issue an executive order to formalize his directive.
The Chief Executive’s announcement came after a recent report of the first e-cigarette vaping-associated lung injury (e-VALI) in the country.
“I have that urgent power to do it, so I’m ordering it,” he said.
“The EO will follow. I’m banning it because it’s contrary to public safety,” the President concluded. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)