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MMDA supports banning of vapes


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.

 This picture taken on August 18, 2019 shows vapers attending the Philippine Vape Festival at SMX in Mall of Asia in Pasay City. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

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.

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