DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo, has said that Secretary Francisco Duque III has signed a legislation that bans the use of e-cigarettes and vaporizers in public places. The law is not to be enforced yet, as the DOH has not yet published the rules in newspapers as required by law. “Once published, then it will be implemented,” said Domingo.

“We will work together to prohibit the use of vapes and e-cigarettes in public, much like the prohibitions on tobacco and cigarettes in public. This includes a ban on using vapes and e-cigarettes in public, much like the ban on tobacco and smoking.”

“We will work together to prohibit the use of vapes and e-cigarettes in public, much like the prohibitions on tobacco and cigarettes in public. This includes a ban on using vapes and e-cigarettes in public, much like the ban on tobacco and smoking. People who do not want to inhale secondhand smoke should be protected so they don’t inhale the fumes,” he added.

In 2018, the DOH had passed a resolution which regulates e-cigarettes as tobacco harm reduction tools. Local lawmakers had referred to the success obtained in the UK following the endorsement of e-cigarettes as cessation tools, and mentioned the renowned reports by Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), which indicate that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. Sadly, this is not being reflected in the current ban.

Meanwhile, the penalties faced by vapers caught using their devices in prohibited spaces, will depend on local ordinances enforced by the town or city where the users would be apprehended, said Domingo.

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