By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) welcomed the passage of a city ordinance in Quezon City that regulates the use of electronic cigarettes or vapes.
“We are happy that Quezon City is moving in the direction of regulating the use of e-cigarettes and vapes,” said Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo.
To note, City Mayor Herbert Bautista approved recently the prohibition of using e-cigarettes in places of worship, hospitals or other healthcare centers, public conveyances, government offices, and educational or recreational facilities primarily intended for minors.
The New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) also welcomed the passage of the said ordinance.
“A growing number of studies show that e-cigarettes may also cause harm to our health. Since they also contain nicotine, an addictive substance, the people must be protected against its abuse, just like cigarettes,” said NVAP President Emer Rojas.
Meanwhile, Domingo expressed hopes that the said measure can be imposed nationwide.
“The DOH supports national legislation that is stricter. This includes banning the use of e-cigarettes and vapes in all public places and a total ban on advertising of these products,” he said.