DOH calls on parents to bar minors from using vapes
Marje Pelayo • November 5, 2018 • 3101
FILE PHOTO: Vaping
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) calls on parents to prohibit their teenagers from using vapes or e-cigarettes.
This is in line with the recent incident involving a 17-year-old who was hospitalized after using a second hand vape that exploded and damaged his face.
The boy was rushed to East Avenue Medical Center on October 30.
Specifically, the attending physician said the incident damaged the boy’s lips, tongue and some parts of his face. There was also internal bleeding in his eyelids due to the impact.
“The patient that had an explosion was a 17-year-old. We limit the selling of cigarettes to minors… but 17-year-olds obviously can access these vaping liquids and the juice that they call it and the items, the delivery system that they buy online and they have to be regulated,” said DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo.
The DOH together with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will launch an in-depth investigation into the incident in order to come up with a more concrete regulation on the use of vapes. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker is pushing for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes known as vapes in all public places across the country.
Filed by Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, House Bill 5510 prohibits the use of vapes in public areas such as schools and universities, public elevators and staircases, gas stations, oil, and chemical storages and laboratories.
It also pushes to ban vaping in hospital premises and health clinics, train and bus terminals, airports and seaports, restaurants and conference halls.
The proposed measure is also pushing on limiting the sales of vapor products even in online sales platforms.
Violators would have to pay from P1,000 to P500,000 pesos in penalty plus jail term once the bill is enacted into law.
Herrera-Dy filed the proposed measure following confirmation of the first patient acquiring vape-related ailment in the country. MNP (details from Vincent Arboleda)
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