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Use of E-Cigarettes banned in the Philippines, anyone caught to be arrested

President Rodrigo Duterte announced the ban on the use of e-cigarettes as it was reported that the country had the first vaping related to lung injury.

The Department of Health said that a teenager girl under the age of 16 admitted to the hospital that she had been diagnosed with lung disease and is believed to have obtained it for using e-cigarettes.  Local health officials and politicians are calling for more stringent regulation related to e-cigarettes products.

In response to this issue, President Duterte has declared a ban on the use and import of vaping products because he also believes it is toxic in the business world.  He also said that anyone caught using a e-cigarettes in public would be arrested by the authorities.

This is another iron-fisted measure that needs to be implemented at the behest of the President who once smoked before.  In 2003, the Philippines banned smoking in public places and Duterte issued an executive order in 2017 to strengthen the law against concerns over the increasing number of Filipinos smoking-related illnesses.

The Philippines has about one million vapers, as ABS-CBN reported.  A statement by a group advocating for e-cigarettes in exchange for tabacco was called "Quit for Good" and to encourage the President of the Philippines to rethink the decision to ban e-cigattes saying the policy could be  cause adverse effects especially on the health of the individual and the economy of the country.


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