The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday warned vape users of increased police visibility in accordance with President Duterte’s directive to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces.
PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen Archie Gamboa said the order should force users to at least minimize their use of vaping equipment.
“This serves as a warning to them that they (vape users) either follow the law or totally stop from using e-cigarette because of its hazardous effects on their health,” he said.
The President issued the ban on the use and importation of vaping devices Tuesday evening due to health hazards.
He also ordered police officers to arrest violators and confiscate their e-cigarettes.
“I also instructed my commanders to start visiting local e-cigarettes stores in their respective areas of jurisdiction,” said Gamboa.
“The objective is to remind or warn the owners to take the initiative of warning their clients not to use them in public,” he added.