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Pasay gov't bans vaping in public places

Vaping in public places is now banned in Pasay City after an ordinance was passed regulating the use of vaping devices.

In a statement, Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said City Ordinance 6061 will “impose stricter measures on these substances to protect the youth and the general public against the ill-effects of cigarette smoking and vaping.”

The ordinance bans the use of e-cigarettes indoors including workplaces, hospitals, healthcare centers, government offices, educational facilities, and recreational facilities.

In enclosed areas that are open to the public, vaping will be allowed upon the discretion of the owner.

The ordinance also prohibits the sale of e-cigarette products to or by minors.

Violators of the ordinance will be fined between P1,000 to 4,000 or render between 12 to 24 hours of community service.

In January, the Department of Health underscored that vape is not a “healthy alternative” to tobacco. —Julia Marie Ornedo/KBK, GMA News