The consumer group Nicotine Consumers Union of the Philippines (NCUP) urged the public to take an objective look at the merits of nicotine amidst the spread and popularity of opposing opinions.
“People should stop demonizing nicotine and instead look at it through objective, science-informed eyes. It is not the nicotine that causes serious harms, but the tar and poisonous gases produced by combustible cigarettes,” Antonio Israel, president of the NCUP said.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Dominguez: Liquor, cigarette restrictions to stay as health top priority amid pandemic
The government will keep the restrictions on liquor sale as well as withdrawals of cigarettes from factories for the rest of the extended lockdown period, as keeping Filipinos away from these “sin” products would not only keep them healthy but also protect them from getting inflicted with COVID-19, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said Monday.
As such, the liquor ban imposed by the national and local governments will stay in areas under enhanced community quarantine, while domestic cigarette production will remain on halt, save for a few lines churning out for exports.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Where there is smoke
In the Philippines, the medical community struggles with the lack of ENDS/ENNDS product regulation. “Juuls are only the tip of the iceberg. Due to poor regulation, nearly anyone has access to these vapes,” asserts Loyola Schools Office of Health Services (LSHS) Director Henrietta dela Cruz, MD, MPH, FPCCP. In line with dela Cruz’ concerns on the regulation of ENDS/ENNDS products, the national Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted to the poor regulation of the industry throughout the country. [...]
Monday, April 20, 2020
Asia-Wide Movement Urges the WHO to Support Safer Smoke-Free Alternatives
An Asia-wide education and information campaign, #SmokeFree4Life, was launched last month, and is urging the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) to respect the rights of smokers who wish to switch to safer alternatives such as e-cigarettes in order to quit smoking or reduce harm. “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. [...]
Friday, March 27, 2020
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.