THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Friday it supports the Department of Health’s (DoH) ban on the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vaping devices in public places.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona signed an administrative order (AO) on June 14 stating that the manufacturing, distribution and sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices would be regulated.
The AO stated that e-cigarettes, including both electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems (ENDS/ENNDS), are used to deliver aerosolized solutions to the lungs, which is similar to the act of smoking.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said the agency recognizes the efforts of the DoH-Food and Drug Administration to effectively regulate ENDS/ENNDS products as it could cause harm to human health.
“I hope the order will be strictly enforced to support our smoke-free environment campaign,” Lim said.
He also assured the MMDA would help in inspecting vape shops within 100-perimeter of public and private schools in Metro Manila.
According to MMDA data from 2018, there were 681 vape stores within the 100-meter perimeter of schools in Metro Manila
“The agency is willing to provide technical assistance for LGUs (local government units) in crafting their respective ordinance on e-cigarettes,” Lim added.