SP added vaping to no-smoking ordinance of Nueva Vizcaya
In 2010, the provincial board of the province passed ordinance no. 2010-049 also known as “The Smoke-Free Ordinance of Nueva Vizcaya.” This ordinance prohibits smoking in public places and conveyances and the imposition of penalties on all violators which also invoked provisions of the 1987 Constitution, mandating the state to protect the right to health of the people and to instill health consciousness among them.
In section 24 of Republic Act (RA) 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 prohibits smoking inside enclosed public places and public vehicles. Local government units are directed by law to implement the provision. While section 5 of RA 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 prohibits smoking in certain public places whether enclosed or outdoors like centers of youth activity, public facilities, and public conveyances.
With the invention of e-cigarettes, the World Health Organizations (WHO) stated that evidence suggests that exhaled e-cigarette aerosol increases the background air level of some toxicants, nicotine and particles. Its other potential risks, in addition to addiction to nicotine, has not been fully determined and may pose further threat to public health.
This alarmed the provincial board and forced them to amend ordinance no. 2010-049 which only covers the banning of smoking real cigarettes in public places and public conveyances.
But with the new ordinance no. 2018-145, some amendments and additions were made. It will now strictly prohibit minors in smoking tobacco products or engaged in vaping.
The ordinance also requires person in-charge of public places and public conveyances to include the “No Vaping” symbol in the installation of the “No Smoking” signage in the locations most visible to the public in the areas where smoking and vaping are prohibited.
The new ordinance was signed by Governor Carlos M. Padilla last March 28. #mccd