MANILA – The Department of Health called Wednesday for a ban on e-cigarettes as it stressed that vaping has no positive health effect.

Vaping or using e-cigarettes, is not a proven nicotine replacement therapy and can cause lung illness as well, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said.

“If the DOH had its way, we would go for an outright ban,” Domingo told reporters, noting that a bill is on the works for the proposal.

“Ang vape ay nakakasama sa ating kalusugan, hindi po ito ligtas,” he said.

(Vape is not good or safe for the health.)

At present, over 1 million Filipinos, or about 1 percent of the population are using e-cigarettes, Domingo said.

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NEW DELHI, India – India announced on Wednesday a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes, as a backlash gathers pace worldwide about a technology promoted as less harmful than smoking tobacco.

The announcement by India came a day after New York became the second US state to ban flavored e-cigarettes following a string of vaping-linked deaths.

“The decision was made keeping in mind the impact that e-cigarettes have on the youth of today,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters in New Delhi.

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