QUEZON CITY – Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte warned users electronic cigarettes or vape against public smoking in the city, a report by Manila Bulletin said.
Belmonte reminded e-cigarette or vape users to strictly adhere to the newly signed ordinance which regulates the use of such products in public places in order to avert sanctions.
“This ordinance is for the health of the general public, especially the children and the elderly who should not be exposed to these kinds of substances. Basically, this ordinance prohibits anyone to use electronic cigarettes in enclosed places where other people can be exposed to these e-cigarettes,” said Belmonte.
Belmonte also reminded residents of the hazards of second-hand smoke as it was proven to be more harmful and deadly than the actual puffing of cigarettes.
“The DOH [Department of Health] already said that there is no research yet that shows e-cigarettes are safe for long-term use though it was said that they are generally safer. We still have to be careful so this ordinance is a measure to avoid risks especially for non-smokers,” she added.
Earlier, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista signed City Ordinance 2737-2018 which aims to “fully protect the health and welfare of QC residents while maintaining the interest of all stakeholders, including the smokers.”
The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in worship places, hospitals or other health care centers, public conveyances, government offices, and educational or recreational facilities primarily intended for minors
It also governs the advertisement and promotion of electronic cigarettes through several restrictions. In particular, promotional materials should only depict persons using e-cigarettes who are or who appear to be 25 years old or older.
Violators may face a P500 to P1,000 fine for the first offense, P1,000 to P2,500 fine for the second offense, and P2,500 to P5,000 for the third offense, with possible revocation of permit and licenses for business establishments.