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    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

    DOH to Ban the Use of Vapes and E-Cigarettes

    Manila, Philippines - Vapes and E-cigarettes is increasingly becoming popular among Filipinos, particularly on youths. Department of Health spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag has proposed an executive order to cover vapes and e-cigarette for the smoking ban as it is not included in the Republic Act 9211 of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 which regulates smoking in public places.

    E-cigarette use liquefied nicotine and its smoke reportedly do not cause as much harm as compared to cigarettes with tobacco. FDA issued an advisory that is not a proven nicotine replacement therapy and reiterating the WHO's statement that there is no scientific evidence to confirm the product’s safety and efficacy.

    Source: UPIdotCOM

    Some studies have shown  that the chemicals on vapes and e-cigarettes may have harmful effects and threats on one's health.

    "That’s how the manufacturers are marketing  it – that they will help people quit smoking. But in fact, many cigarette manufacturers are now manufacturing e-cigs and vapes. In addition, the health department worries about the grave impact of e-cigs and vapes on children, who could not differentiate them from traditional cigarettes", said Dr. Tayag.

    During the ASEAN Regional Forum on NCDs at the Dusit Hotel on August 14, WHO Tobacco-Free Initiative Officer Dr. Florante E. Trinidad, recommended the classification of e-cigarettes as a combination drug and medicinal product. This will directly place e-cigarettes under the jurisdiction of the FDA. He added that so-called e-juice has been confirmed to contain cancer-causing chemicals.

    The e-cigarette is made of plastic and metal device that heat a liquid nicotine solution (e-juice) in a disposable cartridge. It creates a tiny light on the tip even glows like a real cigarette and produces a vapor that stimulates the act of smoking. 

    While waiting for the Executive Order to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, DOH is positively looking forward that the 23% current smoking rate will go down by at least 10%.

    Source: DOH

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