The Philippines Recommends E-Cigarettes for Harm Reduction by Passing a Resolution
Good news for vapers! The Philippines recommends E-cigarettes to reduce health implicated harm.
In a surprising move, the Philippines House of Representatives urged the inclusion of e-cigarettes in the country’s tobacco control strategy. The legislative body issued a resolution asking the Department of Health (DOH) to promote tobacco harm reduction.
The resolution was written by representatives Anthony Bravo and Jose Tejada. It cited the British experience. Where public health authorities promote the use of e-cigarettes as a safer alternative for smokers.
According to the Manila Standard, the lawmakers specifically cited the renowned reports from Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) that showed smoking e-cigarettes were at least 95 percent safer than smoking traditional cigarettes.
“E-cigarettes offer an alternative. It’s based on the idea of reducing harm: we can help smokers switch from cigarettes to products which reduce the risk of smoking.”
— HR 1885
HR 1885 refers to the renowned reports from Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) that suggest that vaping is at least 95 percent safer compared with smoking.
So far, the Department of Health (DOH) has kept a prohibitionist position against vaping. In December 2016, it had announced that it agreed with the WHO’s stance on avoiding potential risks for vapors.
Then in a statement by WHO in 2017, it urged its member states to implement the e-cigarette ban. Paulyn Ubial, the Secretary of DOH, announced that the department of health would work as recommended by the WHO. In fact, HR 1885 contradicts some filed bills that recommend e-cigarette bans.
Bravo and Tejada’s measures that although the government complies with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and WHO’s instructions, people still find ways to smoke. “E-cigarettes offer an alternative. It’s based on the idea of reducing harm. “We can help smokers switch from smoking to products which reduce the risks of smoking,” they added.
The Philippines Recommends E-Cigarettes – A Positive Step Forward for Public Health
Today, Public Health Experts will be happy with the passing of the resolution. As a few expected such a legislature to be approved when the current President is known for his tough position against drug addiction.
During his presidential campaign, local President Rodrigo Duterte promised to kill drug “addicts” and drug dealers. He said that the fish in Manila would get fat if they ate these bodies.
The Vapers Philippines, an organization that supports the use of e-cigarettes, which has been working tirelessly to promote e-cigarettes as a safer alternative, naturally feels reassured by the passing of the measure.
“We are grateful to the legislators for being open to the growing body of scientific evidence that supports e-cigarettes as an alternative which is less harmful than conventional cigarettes.” Peter Paul Dator, the Vapers Philippines president, told the Standard. “We urge the Department of Health to do the same and help save lives.”
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