MANILA - The Pasay City government has banned vaping or the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
Under City Ordinance 6061, vaping is prohibited in areas such as government offices, hospitals, and educational and recreational facilities among others. It is allowed in enclosed places provided that the owner consents and there is a designated area for use of e-cigarettes.
The measure also prohibits selling of vapes to or by minors.
The local government cited studies by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and John Hopkins Medicine, the latter concluding that e-cigarettes and vapes are both "bad to people's health."
“It is high time to impose stricter measures on these substances to protect the youth and the general public against the ill-effects of cigarette smoking and vaping,” Mayor Calixto-Rubiano said.
Violators will be fined a minimum of P2,000 or 12 hours of community service for their first conviction and P4,000 or 24 hours of community service for their third conviction.
Several US states have banned the use of e-cigarettes following at least 34 deaths from illnesses associated with e-cigarette use.
South Korea and Malaysia have also been considering pulling electronic cigarette products from markets and restricting advertising as vaping faces increased scrutiny.
The health department earlier called for a ban on e-cigarettes as it stressed that vaping has no positive health effect.
--With Agence France-Presse