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President Rodrigo Duterte Formally Bans Vaping In Public And Selling E-Cigs To Minors

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It’s official—Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order banning vaping in public spaces, according to ABS-CBN News. An expansion of his 2017 smoking ban, the executive order also prohibits selling e-cigarettes to minors. 

It requires the registration of e-cig products under the Food and Drug Administration, as well as licensing for establishments that manufacture, import, and sell them.

In November 2019, Duterte said he will ban the use and importation of e-cigarettes and ordered the arrest of anyone vaping in public. 

In the same month, the first case of vaping-related lung illness was confirmed in the Philippines: a 16-year-old girl 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.

The DOH said about one million Filipinos use e-cigarettes, which research has linked to lung cancer and heart damage. 

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