The Department of Health (DOH) has proposed the inclusion of electronic cigarettes and vapes in the executive order that aims to implement a nationwide smoking ban in the country.
DOH Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said they decided to include these as some studies show that e-cigarettes may also have adverse effects to the consumer’s health, GMA News reports.
E-cigarettes generally use liquefied nicotine and release less toxic smoke as compared to regular cigarettes made from tobacco.
But Tayag warned that the chemicals from e-cigarettes might still have unknown health hazards since its use is relatively new.
Talk of the nationwide smoking ban started in October when DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial said they were only waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the said document.
Duterte for his part reiterated his commitment against public smoking vowed to implement the ban soon.
Under the ban, the nation will adapt Davao City’s own smoking ban where all public places, including bars and restaurants are declared smoke-free.