Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) – The Department of Health (DOH) is pushing for a total ban on potentially deadly electronic cigarettes.
“If the DOH had its way, we would push for an outright ban of e-cigarettes,” Health Undersecretary Rolando Domingo said in a Malacañang briefing on Wednesday, as he raised the alarm on the rising number of young Filipinos hooked to vaping.
“Kami po ay nababahala sa DOH. May mga kabataan, pati sa sa elementarya pa lamang, gumagamit na sila ng vape at hindi nila naiisip na masama ito dahil nakakaengganyo,” he added.
[Translation: We, at DOH, are concerned. There are young people – including elementary students – who are using vape and they are not even aware of its ill effects on health because of how enticing it is.]
Domingo reiterated the agency’s earlier position that vape is not a safe alternative for traditional cigarette, contrary to advertisements.
“Ang disenyo ng vape ay hindi para sa mga bata at ang mga ganitong produkto hindi nakakabuting alternatibo sa normal na sigarilyo,” he said.
[Translation: Vape is not designed for young people and products like this are not a good alternative for normal cigarettes.]
Domingo said if Congress has the intention to turn the proposed ban into a written policy, then the DOH will support it. He then noted that a senator, whom he did not name, is drafting a bill about the proposal..
“And I think there is a possible legislation that will be proposed at the Senate and maybe [at] the House [of Representatives],” Domingo shared. “There is one senator who is drafting a bill and if passed in the Senate, we will support it,” he added.
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