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MMDA boosts anti-smoking campaign

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it will bolster its anti-smoking campaign as they expressed support President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement that he will ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places and the importation of vaping devices.

Duterte, in a press conference in Malacañang Tuesday night, warned the public to stop vaping or face the risk of getting arrested by law enforcement authorities.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim encouraged the public to adhere to the President's order since this move is aimed to protect public health.

"I agree with the statement of the President that vaping poses harmful effects to human health. Hence, I support the regulation of vaping for the sake of the general public,” Lim said.

Lim assures that the MMDA will help promote anti-smoking programs to achieve smoke-free environments.

For her part, Dr. Loida Alzona, Director of the MMDA Health and Environmental Protection Office (HEPO), said the agency's environmental enforcers will strictly monitor the selling, advertising and promotion of cigarettes and other tobacco products within 100-meter perimeter of schools in Metro Manila.

“We will help make sure that no vape shops are established within 100-perimeter of public and private schools in the metropolis,” Alzona stressed.

The MMDA Chairman also lauded the efforts of local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila in strictly imposing measures on the use of vaping products.

Metro Manila LGUs which have an existing local ordinance regulating the use, sale and promotion of e-cigarettes are Caloocan, Muntinlupa, Taguig, Malabon, and Navotas.

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