Duterte bans use, importation of e-cigarettes

Nestor Corrales

November 19, 2019 11:30pm

MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday banned the use and importation of e-cigarettes.

Duterte said he would "ban the use and importation" of vaping or e-cigarettes.

"Vaping is also dangerous, I am banning it. If you are smoking now, you will be arrested," Duterte said in a hastily called press conference In MalacaƱang Tuesday night.

"I will order law enactment to arrest anybody vaping in public," he added.

"I hope everybody is listening. You now why? Because it is toxic and the government has the power to issue measures to protect public health and public interest."

Edited by GSG