DOH bans e-cigarettes and vapes in public spaces

DOH bans e-cigarettes and vapes in public spaces

- The Department of Health released an order to regulate the use of vapes and e-cigarettes

- Vapes and e-cigarettes are now banned to use in public spaces

- The health department also warned about the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and vapes

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The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Wednesday that an administrative order was released to regulate the use of e-cigarettes and vapes in public places.

KAMI learned that based on Administrative Order 2019-0007, Electronic Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) are now part of the public smoking ban.

In a report by the GMA News (author Joviland Rita), e-cigarettes and vapes contain nicotine and it may cause harm to one’s health.

“Kung saan bawal magsigarilyo, doon din bawal mag-vape para ‘yung mga hindi gumagamit nito protected din sila at hindi sila mausukan,” DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo said.

“Actually mas hindi pa natin alam kasi may mga chemicals ito tsaka bagong produkto at nakakatakot din sa atin ang magiging possible effects niya,” he added.

Here are the guidelines regarding the use of vapes and e-cigarettes:

  • Smoking within enclosed public places and public conveyances, whether stationary or in motion, except in designated smoking areas
  • Allowing, abetting, or tolerating smoking in prohibited areas
  • Smoking, selling, or buying tobacco products by minors
  • Selling, distributing, or purchasing tobacco products while using the defense that one did not know the real age of a minor or did not know nor had any reason to believe that the product would be consumed by a minor
  • Ordering, instructing, or compelling a minor to use, light up, buy, sell, distribute, deliver, advertise, or promote tobacco products
  • Selling or distributing tobacco products in a school, public playground, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for minors, including those frequented by minors, or within 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of these places
  • Placing, posting, displaying, or distributing advertisement and promotional materials of tobacco products, such as leaflets, posters, display structures, and other materials within 10 meters from the perimeter of a school, public playground, and other facilities frequented particularly by minors
  • Placing any form of tobacco advertisement outside the premises of point-of-sale retail establishments
  • Placing any stall, booth, and other displays concerning tobacco promotions to areas outside the premises of point-of-sale locations or adult-only facilities

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As reported by the Philippine Star, (author Sheila Crisostomo), Health Secretary Francisco Duque signed the order on June 14.

It will take effect two weeks after being published in a national publication.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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