Duterte warns judges not to oppose vaping ban

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) - After issuing a verbal order to ban the use and importation of vapes, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned judges not to oppose the ban.

“Judges I warn you, do not issue restraining orders to the [Bureau of] Customs, [Philippine] Coast Guard. I will not obey your order because of the peculiar situation this country finds,” said Duterte during the 80th anniversary of the Department of Defense at Camp Aguinaldo.

The President made the request saying he is having a “hard time” controlling crime.

“I’m asking the judiciary... I’m here having a hard time controlling crime and all sorts of toxic materials being imbibed by the young and there are some importations now,” he said.

Duterte defended his order on vaping, saying he does not want youngsters in the country to get sick from the use of vape.

“There is a law which says you cannot distribute toxic materials in public places,” he said. “There are chemicals that are added to nicotine which we do not know and I am not about ready to allow the young people of Philippines to get sick and to die.”

Duterte made the verbal order to ban vaping following the first reported case of a vaping-associated lung injury in the country. With his order, the Philippine National Police has also started its crackdown on vaping equipment.

The President said an executive order will come soon.

"The order, executive order, ever mind, it will come. You are here, you have to act, urgent...especially if it’s to protect the lives of the people, and the state,” said Duterte.