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Philippines' Duterte Says He Will Ban E-Cigarettes, Threatens To Arrest Vapers

A Filipino man uses an e-cigarette outside a Manila mall in 2016. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced Tuesday a total ban on vaping products.
Aaron Favila
A Filipino man uses an e-cigarette outside a Manila mall in 2016. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced Tuesday a total ban on vaping products.

The use and importation of electronic cigarettes will soon be outlawed in the Philippines, according to President Rodrigo Duterte. He criticized vaping devices at a press conference Tuesday, four days after Filipino health regulators saw their first case of vape-associated lung injury.

The Philippines' Department of Health announcedFriday a 16-year-old girl was hospitalized in late October, requiring intensive care. The teenager was later diagnosed with e-cigarette-associated lung injury or EVALI.

In response, Duterte saidhe would immediately order a ban on e-cigarettes and ordered authorities to arrest people caught using them.

The announcement comes on the heels of Filipino politiciansand health officials calling for an executive order regulating e-cigarettes.

Duterte likened vaping to the use of cigarettes and tobacco. Earlier this year, Duterte — a former smoker himself — saidthat cigarette users "should be exterminated."

"This vaping, it contains nicotine and other chemicals that we do not know," he said. "It has not passed the FDA ... and at this time, I said 'smoking is dangerous' so vaping is also dangerous and I am banning it."

An executive ordermade in 2017 prohibited smoking in public places, punishable by fines. Duterte said he was concerned by the growing number of Filipinos afflicted with tobacco-related diseases.

In banning e-cigarettes, the Philippines will join several nations across the globe creating sweeping regulations against vaping products.

The Philippines under Duterte is known for its brutal stance on substances. Since the Duterte administration began in 2016, the country's law enforcement has waged a domestic war on drugs. Thousands have died in drug raids, either by the police or by vigilantes who were encouraged by Duterte himself to take matters into their own hands.

Earlier this year, the United Nations said it will openan investigation into allegations of extrajudicial killings, kidnappings and unjust arrests.

Paolo Zialcita is an intern on NPR's News Desk.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Paolo Zialcita is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, studying journalism and sociology. He comes to Connecticut through the Dow Jones News Fund Digital Media Intern program. He has also written stories for his school newspaper, The Nevada Sagebrush, and his local radio station, Reno Public Radio.
Paolo Zialcita

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