The Local Government Unit of Iligan has implemented a City Ordinance prohibiting the selling and buying of E-cigarettes to and from the residents of the city who are of minor age.
The Resolution No. 17-722 which embodied City Ordinance No. 17-6651, entitled “AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE SELLING AND DISTRIBUTION OF E-CIGARETTES TO MINORS IN ILIGAN CITY, IMPOSING PENALTIES FOR ITS VIOLATION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”, was submitted by Councilor Rhandy Ryan Francis A. Ong, the Chairman of the Committee on Drugs and Moral Recovery, and was adopted and approved by the 16th Council of the Sangguniang Panlungsod last October 10, 2017. It was then approved by City Mayor Celso G. Regencia on November 7, 2017, and was first published in The Philippine Post in its March 7-13; 14-20; and 21-27 issues series of 2018.
After the approval and publishing, the new ordinance became effective last April 8, 2018.
The said resolution was passed to protect the young from developing the practice of smoking and other related vices. In one of its provisions, it stated that “though authorities have fought tooth and nail to prevent the smoking using traditional and conventional cigarettes, another menace lurking in the form of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), or E-Cigarettes, which was also used by minors.”
According to Section 1 of City Ordinance 07-6651, its purpose is to “safeguard public health and ensure the well-being of the minors by protecting them from the harmful effects of E-cigarettes.”
Moreover, sellers and establishments who will be caught distributing/selling E-cigarettes to the minor residents in Iligan, as well as buyers who are of minor age shall be penalized for the violation of City Ordinance No. 17-6651. Below are the penalties for the violation of this ordinance:
|Violator||1st Offense||2nd Offense||3rd Offense|
|P500||P1,000||P3000 or imprisonment for not less than three (3) days but not more than six (6) days or both at the discretion of the court|
|P3,000||P4,000||P5,000 and revocation of the license to operate or both at the discretion of the court|
|Minors (below 15 years old)||Warning||Inform the parents or guardian regarding the violation||Turned over to CSWD for counselling. The parents shall also have to undergo counselling.|
|Minors (below 18 years old but more than 15 years old)||Community service of one hour in the barangay of the offending minor Provided, that Diversion Process in accordance to RA 9344 must be followed|
By prohibiting the minors from buying e-cigarettes, the ordinance can contribute to the well-being of our young generation by keeping them away from developing possible vices.