After ordering the arrest of those caught vaping in public, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said Filipinos can still use e-cigarettes at home, though he discouraged it, according to ABS-CBN News. At the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense, he said vaping at home is “the safest way to do it” but you risk contaminating the people you live with.
The president said the executive order on his plan to ban the use and importation of vape will follow. “The executive order, never mind—it will come. I do not want anybody in the Philippines vaping.” He said, “Do not worry. Just stop it. And the police, do your work. The Armed Forces, do your work. I will take full responsibility. Nobody else. Ako lang.”
This month, the first case of vaping-related lung illness was confirmed in the Philippines. The patient is a 16-year-old girl from Visayas who had been vaping for six months while also smoking cigarettes. The Department of Health (DOH) said she had “severe shortness of breath” and needed oxygen supplementation. She was soon brought to the Internal Care Unit.
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