MANILA – Medical associations decried as faux information claims that e-cigarettes and vapes are more healthy options to common cigarettes.
Dr. Michael Caampued of the Philippine Society of Public Well being Physicians, in a information launch on Monday, mentioned it’s harmful to model the novel merchandise as useful to those that wish to cease cigarette smoking whereas there are nonetheless no high-quality proof to again the declare.
“E-cigarettes and vapes should not immediately be viewed as healthier alternatives to cigarettes,” he mentioned.
Dr. Corry Avanceña of the Philippine Pediatric Society mentioned the cigarette options emit aerosols containing chemical compounds that hurt the lungs of the customers and even of these round them.
She mentioned there have been circumstances of e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung damage (EVALI) in different nations whereas the Philippines recorded its first case in 2019.
“The best way to quit smoking is through a mix of safe and doctor-recommended methods, like nicotine replacement therapy, counseling, and family support,” Avanceña suggested. “You shouldn’t replace an addiction with another addiction.”
The medical associations additionally expressed their considerations towards payments in Congress that seemingly search to manage the sale, promotion and distribution of vapes and e-cigarettes.
“In reality, the proposed measure in Congress on vapes and e-cigarettes weakens our policy milestone in tobacco control set by the sin tax law,” Caampued mentioned.
Home Invoice 9007, or the Non-Flamable Nicotine Supply Programs Act, was just lately accepted on closing studying within the Home of Representatives. The same measure will likely be deliberated within the Senate.
The invoice seeks to manage the manufacture, importation, sale, distribution, use, commercial, promotion and sponsorship of digital nicotine and non-nicotine supply programs (ENNDS), and heated tobacco merchandise (HTPs).
Among the many key provisions are setting the minimal allowable age for the acquisition, sale, and use of ENNDS or HTPs to 18 years previous and permitting the sale or distribution of ENNDS or HTPs via the Web topic to safeguards additionally for these aged 18 and above.
“If we are to regulate a product that is this dynamic, we should not weaken regulation, but rather encourage continuous review of evidence and afford the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) stronger regulatory roles,” Caampued mentioned. “We should not introduce policies that will weaken existing regulations on the sale, promotion, distribution, and use of vapes and e-cigarettes.”
No Tobacco Day
In the meantime, the Metropolitan Manila Growth Authority (MMDA) is becoming a member of the observance of World No Tobacco Day on Monday, saying they’re dedicated to assist in elevating consciousness on tobacco management, highlighting the sick results of smoking to the general public.
“We should unceasingly promote a more healthy surroundings and encourage tobacco customers to give up smoking as the general public offers with stress particularly throughout this Covid-19 pandemic,” MMDA Chair Benhur Abalos mentioned in one other information launch.
The MMDA is working with all native authorities models in Metro Manila in monitoring public compliance on promoting and promotion, promoting and show, and use of tobacco in public institutions, notably close to faculty premises.
“We really have to work hand-in-hand. Hence, we encourage all the Metro Manila mayors to strictly enforce their respective ordinances prohibiting smoking in public places,” he added.
Smoking is prohibited in faculties, playgrounds, well being services, stairwells, public utility autos, transportation terminals, meals preparation areas, amongst others.
Dr. Loida Alzona, Director of the MMDA Well being and Environmental Safety Workplace, urged all people who smoke to completely give up tobacco consumption because it contributes to severe well being issues.
“There’s a want to guard our current and future generations from the devastating penalties of tobacco use. Let me additionally remind the general public that second-hand smoke is as harmful as smoking,” she confused.
To additional promote smoke-free public transportation terminals, “No Smoking” signages will likely be posted in all Edsa Busway stations in coordination with the Division of Transportation.
World No Tobacco Day, a world marketing campaign initiated by the World Well being Group, is well known yearly each thirty first of Might. (PR)