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DOH bans the use of e-cigarettes, vapes in public places

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The use of electronic cigarettes and vapes is now banned in public places, the Department of Health (DOH) said. 
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Finally!

This is according to the Administrative Order 2019-0007 signed by DOH Chief Francisco Duque 3rd on June 14, expanding the public smoking ban to include Electronic Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS). 

Use of vapes and e-cigarettes will be banned in places where smoking is prohibited, Duque said.

The DOH noted the ban on vapes and e-cigarettes will follow the same guidelines for designated smoking areas under Section 4 of Executive Order 26. 

President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017 inked an executive order banning smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products in public areas including schools, workplaces, government facilities, churches, hospitals, transport terminals, markets, parks and resorts.

But do not worry, you can still smoke in designated areas and open spaces with proper ventilation. 

The DOH secretary also noted that the Administrative Order is requiring establishments, with operations focusing on the manufacture, distribution, importation, exportation, sale including online and transfer of ENDS products, secure a permit from the Food and Drug Administration. 

For smokers out there, please take note of this order!

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