(SPOT.ph) What do you get when you mix commuting, pollution, and human sweat? A normal day trying to get around in Metro Manila, that's what. It takes a lot of effort to stay as fresh as you were when you left the house—a feat only a special few can do—so when others have the nerve to add their smoke to the mix as well, it can be very annoying. Well, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has reiterated its ban on smoking in public utility vehicles and is also looking at prohibiting e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products too.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) supports the Department of Health in their fight against using e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTP) in public utility vehicles (PUVs), according to a post on their Facebook page. E-cigarettes and the like have become very popular in the past decade, while the Department of Health recently issued an advisory against its probable health risks.
Currently, the 100% Smoke Free Public Utility Vehicles and Public Land Transportation Terminals memorandum of LTFRB, which was made effective in January 2010, does not specifically ban e-cigarettes and the like. It also places the responsibility of stopping people from smoking on the operators themselves, with violators facing fines of P500 to P10,000 and even a cancellation of their franchise.
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