With the order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the importation and the use of vape in the Philippines are prohibited.
The first confirmed incident of electronic cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) in the country has attributed to the implementation of banning the vape in the Philippines.
“They’re just killing people for money. I will ban it because it is not good because it is contrary to public safety,” Duterte said to the reporters.
Based on the report from CNN, vape obtains nicotine, ultra-fine particles, carcinogens, heavy metals, and volatile organic compounds.
The President stated that vape is ‘toxic’ and has not been approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Apart from banning its usage, the President also orders to arrest the users of the said electronic cigarette.
“You cannot do it inside a room. That’s full of s***. You contaminate people whose time to die has not come,” Duterte said.
“It backs an outright ban on vaping and e-cigarettes because its advertised safety and efficacy as a substitute to cigarettes has not yet been scientifically proven,” Head of the Department of Health imparted.
Moreover, the President emphasized that he does not need to finish writing an executive order for the prohibition of using vape.
President said that the written executive order is forthcoming.
Government regulations for e-cigarettes and vapes have not occur yet.
“I will suggest that Duterte issue an executive order to regulate the manufacture, distribution, sale, and use of all kinds of e-cigarettes, pending a new law that would impose government control over these devices,” Senator Christopher “Bong” Go .
The Department of Health tried to regulate the said product through securing the manufacturers, distributors, importers, exporters and retailers a license to operate from the FDA . However, the Pasig court temporarily stopped this action because of the petition of a group composed of the local e-cigarette industry and vape consumers.