By Genalyn Kabiling
As the government moves to arrest people vaping in public, President Duterte has branded the creators of vaping products as the “devil” and threatened to order their “extrajudicial killing.”
In his visit to Taguig City Thursday night, the President said he would ask the police to kill the inventor if ever the person visits the country.
Duterte made the statement after reaffirming his prohibition on the use and importation of vaping or electronic cigarettes due to the dangers posed to public health.
“Ewan ko kung sinong demonyong nag-imbento niyan. Pinapahanap ko nga ngayon, ipa-extrajudicial killing ko ‘yung gagong ‘yan. Totoo [ I don’t know who the devil created that. I ordered them to look for the person. I will order the extrajudicial killing of that fool. It’s true],” the President said in his remarks at the Taguig Center for the Elderly.
“Pumunta yan dito. Saan ang pulis? Utusan mo patayin mo yan p** i** [If the person goes here, where’s the police? Order him to kill that son of a b*tch],” he added.
The President also justified anew his decision to prohibit vaping in public, saying that vaping, just like smoking, was toxic to one’s health.
He said these vaping products not only contain deadly nicotine but other unknown chemicals. “When you engaged in vaping, it’s like smoking. It has nicotine and chemicals that I don’t know and you’re killing our children,” he said.
Duterte said he has ordered the police to arrest people who vapes in public places.
While he moved to ban vaping in public, Duterte explained that ordinary cigarettes however are allowed in the country.
“Why cannot we ban cigarettes? Because we allow its manufacture and maybe the importation of tobacco. We allow it and we tax them,” he said.
He said since smoking tobacco is still harmful to one’s health, the government has restricted smoking in public places.
“Nicotine will kill you,” he told people who smokes.
“You do not smoke inside the house because you will also kill your wife,” he added.
The Smithsonian.com, an online resource managed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, names Herbert A. Gilbert of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, as the inventor of the device he called “smokeless”.
Gilbert, a scrap metal dealer, filed a patent for “a safe and harmless means for and method of smoking (U.S. Pat. No. 3,200,819) ” in 1963.
The patent of this inventor, now 88 years old, “has been cited hundreds of times by other inventors, including Hon Lik, considered the father of today’s e-cigarette.”