Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would stop the use and importation of e-cigarettes and forbid their use in public after a teenager fell ill with a vaping-related lung illness.
“I will ban it, the use and the importation,” Duterte said at a televised briefing. “I am now ordering the law enforcement agencies to arrest anybody vaping in public.” He also went on to say that e-cigarettes contain “nicotine and other chemicals that we do not know”, according to Bloomberg.
The ban comes after the Department of Health reported that a teenager in central Philippines was admitted to intensive care after being diagnosed with the mystery illness that has killed nearly 40 and affected 2,000 in the US. It is believed to be the first known case of the vaping-related lung illness in Asia.