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Janvic Mateo – The Philippine Star

November 11, 2021 | 12:00am

The commissioned survey, carried out from Sept. 6 to 11 with the outcomes made public yesterday, revealed that 77 p.c of the 1,200 grownup respondents imagine that e-cigarettes pose a “serious health hazard” to customers.

Edd Gumban, file

MANILA, Philippines — Eight out of 10 Filipinos imagine that e-cigarettes or vapes pose severe risk to the well being of customers, a survey carried out by Pulse Asia confirmed.

The commissioned survey, carried out from Sept. 6 to 11 with the outcomes made public yesterday, revealed that 77 p.c of the 1,200 grownup respondents imagine that e-cigarettes pose a “serious health hazard” to customers.

Some 15 p.c stated it’s a minor well being hazard, whereas solely two p.c stated it isn’t.

The survey confirmed that 4 p.c of the respondents – or an estimated 2.7 million Filipinos – use e-cigarettes or vaping gadgets.

Eighty-nine p.c stated they by no means tried it, whereas six p.c stated they used or tried it earlier than.

Requested in the event that they help a “vape-free” coverage in public locations, 74 p.c of respondents stated they’d help it, whereas 13 p.c wouldn’t. The remaining 12 p.c have been undecided.

The identical survey confirmed that 70 p.c help a coverage that can prohibit using e-cigarettes to these aged 21 years and above.

Fifteen p.c stated they don’t help it, whereas 14 p.c have been undecided.

Sixty-two p.c stated they’d help a coverage that will ban the provision of “vape flavors that appeal to children and the youth,” whereas 20 p.c weren’t supportive. The remaining 17 p.c have been undecided.

The survey had an error margin of plus or minus three p.c for nationwide percentages. It was commissioned by teams towards the proposed laws that will regulate using e-cigarettes or vaping gadgets.

‘Scrap vape bill’

Throughout a press briefing, advocates pushed for the scrapping of Senate Invoice 2239, which they stated supplies for a unfastened coverage corresponding to decreasing the age restriction on e-cigarette use from the present 21 to 18 years outdated.

Dr. Rizalina Gonzalez of the Philippine Pediatric Society stated the pending laws would permit extra vape flavors to draw the youth to attempt it.

“Even with the existing regulations, we already found that almost 11 percent of students with the age of 10-15 years have already tried vapes. It will be highly irresponsible to even lower the age of access, especially with the experience of other countries,” Gonzalez stated.

“Our children who are below 18 usually have friends in their social circle who are 18 years old and above and are able to access vapes,” she stated, stressing the necessity to strengthen the present coverage by growing age restriction to 25 years outdated.

Toni Flores, Baby Rights Community coordinator, stated the pending laws would weaken current insurance policies regardless of proof exhibiting the hazard of utilizing e-cigarettes.

“If the Vape Bill is passed, we should expect more young people to be lured into this harmful vice and eventually lead to the fatal addiction to cigarettes. There is no safe level of exposure,” she stated.

Benedict Nisperos of Well being Justice Philippines urged senators to not approve the measure, citing current insurance policies which have but to be carried out.

The Home model of the invoice has been authorized on remaining studying.

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