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  • Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • WHO proposes action plan on e-cigarettes

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends an action plan as the agency has expressed concern over the emerging problem of e-cigarettes, especially among young people in the Philippines and other countries in the Western Pacific Region. WHO Western Pacific regional director Takeshi Kasai said an action plan is needed to reinforce tobacco control in the region.

    “Obviously, our region takes this very seriously. This is the only region where all the member-states have ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) but still we can fall short,” Kasai noted.

  • Monday, September 02, 2019
  • Health groups warn public vs. e-cigarettes, vaping

  • Health groups on Monday said there is no scientific evidence to support claims that e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products are safe.

    “Even in the UK, where e-cigarettes are heavily promoted, no public health authority has claimed that these products are safe. The public and public servants in a position to protect public health must be fully apprised of the risks inherent to vaping,” Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, Executive Director of Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) said in a statement.

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • DOF pushes higher taxes on alcopops, e-cigarettes

  • MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Finance (DOF) will make a last-minute appeal to the House of Representatives to approve the proposed increase in excise taxes of alcopops and electronic cigarette products in the plenary level, according to a top official.

    Last Monday, the House ways and means committee approved and endorsed to the plenary the House Bill 1026, which seeks to raise excise taxes on alcohol products.


  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Paying Smokers to Quit Really Works

  • Smoking is bad for you – that’s common knowledge. [...] researchers and healthcare providers are constantly looking for new and better ways to help people quit smoking. A new systematic review demonstrates a concept that is proven to work: Paying smokers to quit. The review, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, includes 33 studies with more than 21,600 participants. The studies were conducted in the U.S., Europe, Thailand, and the Philippines in a wide range of settings including community centers, workplaces, [...]
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • DOH, FDA warn public anew on adverse effects of e-cigarettes

  • The Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday warned the public anew against the adverse effects on health and safety associated with the use of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems or electronic cigarettes.

    “The department, together with the Food and Drug Administration, maintains that a series of long-term epidemiological and peer-reviewed studies are required to conclude that e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional smoking,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.

  • Wednesday, July 03, 2019
  • DOH bans use of e-cigarettes, vapes in public

  • The Department of Health has banned the use of electronic cigarettes in public, with local government units to be tasked to apprehend violators.

    Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Eric Domingo said Secretary Francisco Duque III has signed an administrative order that bans the use of e-cigarettes and vaporizers (vapes) in public places. This comes two years after President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order 26 that prohibits cigarette smoking in common spaces, and instead limits the activity to designated smoking areas.