MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker is pushing for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes known as vapes in all public places across the country.
Filed by Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, House Bill 5510 prohibits the use of vapes in public areas such as schools and universities, public elevators and staircases, gas stations, oil, and chemical storages and laboratories.
It also pushes to ban vaping in hospital premises and health clinics, train and bus terminals, airports and seaports, restaurants and conference halls.
The proposed measure is also pushing on limiting the sales of vapor products even in online sales platforms.
Violators would have to pay from P1,000 to P500,000 pesos in penalty plus jail term once the bill is enacted into law.
Herrera-Dy filed the proposed measure following confirmation of the first patient acquiring vape-related ailment in the country. MNP (details from Vincent Arboleda)