DOH wants ban on e-cigarettes

MANILA – The Department of Health called Wednesday for a ban on e-cigarettes as it stressed that vaping has no positive health effect.

Vaping or using e-cigarettes, is not a proven nicotine replacement therapy and can cause lung illness as well, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said.

“If the DOH had its way, we would go for an outright ban,” Domingo told reporters, noting that a bill is on the works for the proposal.

“Ang vape ay nakakasama sa ating kalusugan, hindi po ito ligtas,” he said.

(Vape is not good or safe for the health.)

At present, over 1 million Filipinos, or about 1 percent of the population are using e-cigarettes, Domingo said.

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