- President Rodrigo Duterte announces his intent to ban vaping in the country during his speech at the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense
- This follows after the news of the first vape-related medical case in the country
- President Duterte said his intention is to not let the youth get sick because of vaping
Manila, Philippines – Countless smokers in the country are slowly switching from regular cigarettes to vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes. These are devices that can be used as a substitute, which can still allow a person to “smoke” without the use of an actual cigarette. Vaping is used in the country for the longest time, but a big change might happen to vape users in the country.
During his speech at the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense, President Rodrigo Duterte has announced his intent to ban the use of vape in the country.
This is also after the Department of Health has recorded their first recorded lung injury that is caused by e-cigarettes. According to reports, a 16-year-old girl was reported to have Evali, which is a lung injury associated with vaping.
In his speech, President Duterte has given a verbal order to arrest anyone that might be using e-cigarettes in public.
“I do not want anyone in the Philippines vaping. The executive order will come,” he said.
President Duterte also said that he had the health of the Filipinos in mind with his intention to ban vaping.
The president of the group “Quit For Good” Dr. Lorenzo Mata was also interviewed and he appeals to the President to reconsider, as vaping has been known to be 95% less harmful compared to tobacco.
In the United States, the administration under President Donald Trump is also eyeing to ban flavored e-cigarettes, and New York is only allowing Tobacco and Menthol as the flavors for vaping.