By Analou De Vera
A health group has called on the government to totally ban the use of electronic cigarettes.
“We call on President Duterte to impose a ban on selling, distribution and use of e-cigarettes, vapes, and all products necessary and incidental to the use thereof, just as he had done in Davao City,” said Mary Ann Fernandez-Mendoza, president of HealthJustice group.
“The purpose is to protect the lives and health of the people, especially the youth, who would otherwise fall prey to these deadly commodities,” added Mendoza.
The group said that based on the World Health Organization’s report in 2017, the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems “poses serious threats to adolescents and fetuses. In addition, it increases exposure of non-smokers and bystanders to nicotine and a number of toxicants.”
Moreover, the group said that according to the 2018 study of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,”there is conclusive evidence that in addition to nicotine, most e-cigarettes contain and emit numerous potentially toxic substances.”
Mendoza said that vaping remains to be associated with various health risks.
“The best course of action today is to totally ban it to avoid further endangering public health and safety,” Mendoza added.