MANILA – The Pasay City government has banned the vaping or use of e-cigarettes in public places.
According to City Ordinance 6061, vaping is prohibited in areas such as government offices, hospitals and educational and leisure facilities, among others. It is permitted in enclosed locations provided the owner agrees and there is a special area for the use of e-cigarettes.
The measure also prohibits the sale of vapors to or by minors.
The local government cited studies by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and John Hopkins Medicine, the latter concluding that e-cigarettes and vapes are both "bad for human health."
"It is high time to introduce stricter measures against these substances to protect youth and the public from the negative effects of cigarette smoking and vaporization," said Mayor Calixto-Rubiano.
Violent offenders will be fined at least P2,000 or 1
Several US states have banned the use of e-cigarettes after at least 34 deaths from illnesses associated with e-cigarette use.
South Korea and Malaysia have also considered withdrawing selected ronic cigarette products from markets and restricting advertising as vaping faces increased scrutiny.
The health department previously requested a ban on e-cigarettes because it emphasized that vaping has no positive health effect.
– With Agence France-Presse