Pasay City bans use of e-cigarettes in public areas

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Pasay City government has banned the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in public spaces.

Under City Ordinance 6061, the use of e-cigarettes and other similar devices for vaping is prohibited in areas such as hospitals, health care centers, public conveyances, government offices, and educational or recreational facilities, primarily intended for minors.

Public enclosed and private workspaces should also have designated area for vaping.

The ordinance also prohibits the selling or purchasing of vaping products to minors.

Violators will be fined a minimum of P2,000 or 12 hours of community service for first conviction; P3,000 or 18 hours of community service for their second conviction, and a fine of P4,000 or 24 hours of community service for third conviction.

The ordinance also provides a “no contest provision” which allows violators to voluntarily pay the minimum administrative fine of P1,000 or render a six-hour community service in a public place to be supervised by a barangay chairman.

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