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  • Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Local Vaping Groups Slam WHO for ‘Erroneous’ Data on E-Cigarettes

  • Local vaping groups criticized the World Health Organization for publishing “an atrociously erroneous” question and answer page on electronic cigarettes.
    “The Q&A has nine questions and every answer the WHO provides is filled with false, misleading or simplistic information,” said Peter Paul Dator, president of The Vapers Philippines.
    “Stubbornly clinging to their myopic belief that the only way to reduce smoking is for smokers to ‘quit or die,’ the WHO conveniently ignores the science supporting e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to conventional cigarettes and shamelessly stoops to the level of falsity, propaganda, and fear mongering,” Dator said.

  • Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Expert Sounds Alarm on Oral Cancer

  • A dental expert urged smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and heated tobacco products (HTPs) as a “harm reduction measure,” saying smoking is the leading cause of 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 held recently at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Taguig City.

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Philippine Vape Group Says E-Cigs Should be Viewed as Safer Alternatives

  • “PECIA and our 250 members do not claim e-cigarettes are smoking-cessation devices. We mandate our members to be responsible entrepreneurs by observing ethical business practices and ensuring the proper use of e-cigarettes as a lifestyle choice among adults looking for a less-harmful alternative to conventional cigarettes,” said the association’s president Joey Dulay in a letter. Last month, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, announced a ban on the use and import of e-cigarettes, saying that anyone caught using the products will be arrested.

  • Monday, December 16, 2019
  • Duterte’s Vaping Ban Propagates the Drug War in the Philippines

  • The discussion over tobacco harm reduction in the United States is an emotional demonstration of dogmatic assumptions. It is true that smoking kills, nicotine does not come without risks to the human body, and that youth should do their best to refrain from the use of tobacco and smokefree products like e-cigarettes. However, there are lines of unethical public health practice. At least in the U.S., smokers don’t risk the pains of potentially being killed just for gunning a stick on their lunch break.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019
  • FDA to doctors: Don’t interact with tobacco, e cig firms

  • The Food and Drug Ad­ministration (FDA) has is­sued a “gentle reminder” to all physicians connected with public hospitals not to have any form of interaction with the tobacco and electronic cigarette industries.

    The FDA issued an advi­sory under acting director general Eric Domingo that said doctors of state hospitals should avoid all interaction with the industry in compli­ance with Joint Memorandum Circular 2910-01 issued by the Department of Health and Civil Service Commission.


  • Monday, December 09, 2019
  • E-cigs not meant to halt smoking habit – PECIA

  • Electric cigarettes or e-cigarettes aren’t devices designed to help people quit smoking as far as the Philippine E-Cigarette Industry Association (PECIA) is concerned. PECIA President Joey Dulay made this clarification in a letter sent to the Manila Bulletin over the weekend after a story ran last week in the daily insinuating that the group viewed e-cigarettes as “smoking-cessation devices.”

    “PECIA and our 250 members do not claim e-cigarettes are smoking-cessation devices. We mandate our members to be responsible entrepreneurs by observing ethical business practices [...]