THIS is in response to the editorial revealed by The Manila Instances on Oct. 4, 2021, titled “Senate invoice on vaping deceptively portrayed.” The piece mentioned the risks of Senate Invoice (SB) 2239, often known as the “Vaporized Nicotine Merchandise Regulation Act,” and urged senators to vote in opposition to this dangerous measure, which relaxes current e-cigarette and vape rules.
We strongly agree that SB 2239 is certainly a deception; fairly than defending the youth, it exposes them to hurt by decreasing the minimal age of entry to e-cigarettes from 21 to 18 years previous, permitting additive flavors, which are a magnet for the youthful technology, and permitting on-line gross sales of e-cigarettes. Legislators are unnecessarily diluting the legislation regulating e-cigarettes that was already adopted final 12 months.
Smoking is a behavior that usually varieties in a single’s youthful years. Most people who smoke begin earlier than they flip 21. The primary case of e-cigarette or vaping related lung damage (Evali) recorded within the Philippines was that of a 16-year-old. It’s thus essential that we shield the youth from accessing these merchandise.
On the arguments of vaping curbing cigarette dependancy, changing one dependancy with one other is neither protected nor wholesome. There isn’t any top quality proof behind the declare that e-cigarettes are much less dangerous than manufactured cigarettes. Actually, one e-cigarette pod is the same as 40 cigarettes value of nicotine.
Plus, there are efficient methods to stop smoking that don’t expose one to this stage of hurt, together with nicotine substitute remedy, counseling, and household help.
The September 2021 Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey revealed that 85 % of vape/e-cigarette customers help proscribing age accessibility to e-cigarettes and vapes at 21 years previous and above. Sixty-six % of vape/e-cigarette customers help banning the provision and accessibility of e-cigarette or vape flavors that enchantment to kids and youth. Seventy % of vape/e-cigarette customers take into account the impact of those merchandise on well being as a severe well being hazard. Even vape and e-cigarette customers themselves establish vape and e-cigarette merchandise as dangerous, and so they agree that these merchandise require stricter regulation.
If overwhelming public sentiment helps current vaping rules and acknowledges vaping as a well being hazard, why ought to we loosen up these rules? Why ought to we make it simpler for the youth to start out an addictive behavior that has confirmed to result in severe lung damage and loss of life?
Senators should vote in opposition to this invoice and retain the minimal age of entry to e-cigarettes, prohibit flavored components in e-cigarettes, and prohibit on-line sale of e-cigarettes. As an alternative of defending trade, let’s shield future generations from the vaping sickness epidemic already going down in different nations.
Corry Avanceña, MD
Chair, subcommittee on anti-smoking;
Total chair, committee on environmental respiratory well being
Philippine Academy of Pediatric Pulmonologists
Ma. Encarnita B. Limpin, MD, FPCP, FPCCP, FPSCCM, FPSSM
President, Philippine Faculty of Physicians
Rizalina Racquel H. Gonzalez, MD, FPPS
Chairperson, Philippine Pediatric Society
Tobacco Management Advocacy Group