Duterte: No need for EO vs vaping in public, nicotine already prohibited under law

(Eagle News)–There is no need to issue an executive order banning the use of e-cigarettes in public.

According to President Rodrigo Duterte, this was because there was already a law banning the use of nicotine, which he said was a component of e-cigarettes.

He did not say what law this was but earlier, Duterte said vaping devices could be confiscated under the Consumer Act of the Philippines or Republic Act No. 7394.

“If the thing we are importing is prohibited by the place where it was made, then automatically it is also not good and it should be by operation of common sense,” Duterte had said.

Earlier, the police said it was using Executiver Order No. 26 as basis for arresting vape users in public places in compliance with Duterte’s directive.

The EO provides for the establishment of smoke-free environments in public and enclosed places, which means, PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said, that vaping in designated smoking areas in public was still allowed.