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LTFRB reiterates ban on smoking in PUVs

/ 04:01 AM October 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), heeding the directive of the Department of Health (DOH), has reiterated its ban on smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes in public utility vehicles (PUVs) amid reports of exploding vaping devices.

In an advisory issued on Monday, the LTFRB said it was firm on enforcing Memorandum Circular No. 2009-036, which required all holders of certificates of public convenience to observe the smoking prohibition pursuant to Republic Act 9211.

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Violators can be fined from P2,000 (first offense) to P5,000 on top of the cancellation of their franchise. While the memorandum did not specifically identify e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs), the LTFRB said it was also denouncing the use of such devices in PUVs.

E-cigarettes and HTPs are currently being sold in the market as alternatives to traditional cigarettes.

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The agency’s renewed commitment to ban smoking comes as the three-month transitory period for e-cigarette makers to comply with the DOH and the Food and Drug Administration new standards for electronic smoking devices lapses on Thursday. —Krixia Subingsubing

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