Dental Expert Advises Smokers to Switch to E-Cigs to Prevent Oral Cancer
“We warn our patients who are smokers that smoking is the leading cause of oral cancer and strongly advise them to quit smoking. For those who cannot or do not want to quit smoking by themselves or with currently approved methods, we convince them to switch to non-combustible alternatives,” said Fernando Fernandez, president of the Philippine College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (PCOMS) during the Scientific Conversations on Tobacco Harm Reduction, recently held in Taguig City.
Monday, March 23, 2020
Vaping advocates call for fair, reasonable regulation
Vapers recently called on governments to adopt a reasonable, risk-proportionate and realistic regulatory framework for electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes or vapes) to help reduce serious sickness and premature death among millions of cigarette smokers. The group said there was reason to take note about the study of Prof. Michael Russell, who, in 1976, wrote that “smokers smoke for the nicotine but die from the tar.” ‘’When we urge people to stop smoking, we explicitly mean to quit smoking tobacco.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Group calls for reasonable ‘e-cig’ rules
A local vaping group called on the government to adopt a reasonable, risk-proportionate and realistic regulatory framework for e-cigarettes to help reduce serious sickness and premature death among millions of cigarette smokers in the Philippines. “We all know that the combustion in cigarettes is what is harmful to the health of smokers. To help the 16 million Filipino smokers quit smoking or switch to less harmful alternatives, the regulation of e-cigarettes and other smoke-free alternatives should not be more restrictive than that of combustible cigarettes. [...]
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Philippines WHO Rep. Admits That E-Cigs Are Safer Than Cigarettes
The WHO has been overtly against vaping products. Infact last September, two leaked papers from the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO), had suggested that the organization was striving to have vaping products regulated in the same way their combustible counterparts.
Meanwhile, WHO representative Dr. Ranti Fayokun, a scientist in the National Capacity-Tobacco Control Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, has acknowledged the relative safety of the products, during a hearing on vaping regulation conducted by the House of Representatives in the Philippines.
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Asia-wide movement to support ‘safer’ nicotine products launched
Tobacco harm reduction advocates gathered in Makati City last Friday, February 28, 2020, to launch the Asia- wide education and information campaign#SmokeFree4Life and urged the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) to respect the rights of smokers who want to switch to safer smoke-free alternatives. “We, vapers and former smokers, and advocates of tobacco harm reduction, have an opportunity to add to the global discussions on ENDS, heat-not-burn tobacco products and snus as much safer alternatives to combustible cigarettes. We stand up for our freedom of choice. [...]
Friday, February 28, 2020
Nationwide smoking ban now covers vape
President Rodrigo Duterte is now banning the use of unregistered vape in public and enclosed places nationwide.
Duterte signed Executive Order 106, amending EO 26 that prohibits smoking of cigarettes in enclosed areas such as schools, elevators and stairwells, fire hazard locations, medical facilities.
Vaping is no longer allowed except in designated smoking areas, which may be an open space or area with proper ventilation, the order read.
EO 106 also regulated the sale, manufacture, marketing, distribution and importation of unregistered electronic nicotine devices and other novel tobacco products, [...]