Two well-respected Filipino medical luminaries applauded the Senate for guaranteeing that minors are protected within the so known as vape invoice or Vaporized Nicotine Product (VNP) invoice now being mentioned within the chamber.
Each docs famous that Senate Invoice 2239, whereas recognizing e-cigarettes and heated tobacco merchandise (HTPs) are much less dangerous than cigarettes, devoted a 3rd its provisions to make sure that minors is not going to have entry to those non-combustible options and that solely 18 years previous and above are allowed to buy and use them, the identical age restriction imposed on cigarettes.
Heart specialist Rafael Castillo who along with different medical professionals carried out the primary native scientific research that concluded HTPs comprise much less dangerous chemical substances than cigarettes mentioned that, “Senate Bill No. 2239 and House Bill No. 9007, which aim to regulate nicotine products, should provide the needed controls, but they should not be more stringent than what is currently imposed on conventional cigarette products, or else the enacted laws could be self-defeating and may make inaccessible the pragmatic middle ground.” Dr. Castillo is a Fellow of the Philippine School of Physicians, Philippine School of Cardiology and European Society of Cardiology.
Dr. Lorenzo Mata, President of the advocacy group Stop For Good and an occupational medication specialist for over 35 years, mentioned his group envisions a regulatory framework that comes with hurt discount measures. He mentioned rules for non-combustible options must be “less restrictive than combustible cigarette and supportive of reasonable accessibility, while curbing unintended use of non-smokers and minors.”
In the meantime customers and trade teams highlighted the overwhelming help that the vape invoice is receiving from the estimated 1 million vapers nationwide asserting their rights within the marketing campaign “We vape, we vote.”.
Joey Dulay, president of the Philippine E-cigarette Trade Affiliation (PECIA) mentioned, “We’re seeing massive grassroots support for SB 2239 from vape shop owners and vapers both online and offline. Posters and stickers expressing support for the bill can be seen everywhere up to the Visayas region. As the deliberations in the senate continues, we are seeing more organic posts from people using the #yestovapebill on social media.”
Anton Israel, president of Nicotine Shoppers Union of the Philippines (NCUP), mentioned, “Just check the Senate live streaming on the vape bill and the 90 percent of numerous comments and reactions are in support of the bill. The stakeholders’ clamor for a balanced regulations on e-cigarettes and HTPs reflects the people’s desire to have access to less harmful alternatives to smoking. There are around 17 million smokers in the Philippines, these are people whose lives will benefit once we have a risk proportionate regulation in place.”
Dr. Mata mentioned legal guidelines must be “carefully calibrated to ensure that adult smokers are made aware of the less harmful alternatives available and given the option to shift to these alternatives while minors and non-smokers are protected. Over-regulating these better alternatives to the point of impossibility of compliance would only perpetuate smoking.”
Dr. Castillo famous that they help the usage of HTPs in recalcitrant people who smoke and share the priority about its potential for abuse, particularly by our youth.
“This is where effective legislation can provide the necessary control measures. Not only the youth should be protected but even older nonsmoking adults, especially the women, who could be lured into the vice,” he mentioned.
Dr. Castillo famous that the present decline within the variety of people who smoke represents a mere 2.5-percent within the “past two years or 1,0250,000 less smokers per year. This may be a positive direction, but the number of smokers is not going down fast enough. We know there’s no quick fix to it, but a pragmatic and aggressive approach to the problem that shows some promise in mitigating the outcomes should be tried. The use of Alternative Tobacco Products and HTPs may be one such approach.”
He emphasised that, “permanent smoking cessation is still our main goal but as a mitigating measure, we allow our recalcitrant smoker patients to shift to HTPs as a relatively less harmful middle ground.”
“However, there’s a conscious effort to constantly remind them to give up smoking eventually,” he mentioned.
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