By Analou De Vera
Various health groups lauded the move of the Department of Health (DOH) to ban the use of electronic cigarettes and vapes in public places.
“We warmly welcome the AO (Administrative Order) issued by the DOH -FDA (Food and Drug Administration) banning e-cig smoking in public places as those e-cigs release chemicals including cancer causing agents that can cause deaths and dreaded illnesses,” said Maricar Limpin, executive director of Action on Smoking and Health Philippines.
Tony Leachon, convenor of Sin Tax Coalition said that the measure is a welcome development.
“The regulatory power to include e-cigarettes, e-liquid, and all related products and vaping will reduce the smoking prevalence,” he said.
To note, the health department has issued AO No. 2019-0007, which is the Rules and Regulations on Electronic Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS/ENNDS).
The AO stated that the use of ENDS/ENNDS shall be banned in places where smoking is prohibited.
Leachon noted that there are some dangers in using these products.
“Despite what e-cigarette manufacturers would like us to believe around whether secondhand vapor is harmful, these products do not emit a harmless water vapor. It’s actually an aerosol with a mixture of dangerous chemicals. Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients,” he said.
Limpin said that this move of the health department showed that it is performing its mandate to protect the health of the public as well as promoting the “highest standard of health.”