Vape, e-cig not safer alternatives to cigarette smoking: DOH

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Photo credit: insidescience.org Photo credit: insidescience.org[/caption] She noted that no less than the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory saying vapes and e-cigs are ?not proven nicotine replacement therapy? and that their contents are similar to regular cigarettes. ?They still contain the 7,000 dangerous chemicals that are found in cigarettes,? Ubial said, noting that even if vapes and e-cigs have less of these chemicals, they are still not safe to use. A vaporizer is a device that can vaporize to the level of near incineration or combustion different substances, such as tobacco leaves. An e-cigarette is a plastic and metal device that heats a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge while creating a tiny light on the tip that glows like a real cigarette and produces a vapor that simulates the act of smoking. Vape shops have been sprouting in some communities and commercial establishments, especially in Metro Manila. Vapes and e-cigs are not covered by Executive Order 26, which prohibits smoking in public places except in designated smoking areas and bans the selling and distribution of tobacco products to minors. According to the DOH, if properly implemented, the EO will help reduce the number of deaths from tobacco use, currently estimated at 87,000 each year. Ubial thus urged local government units (LGUs) to issue ordinances that would help prohibit the use of vapes and e-cigs. ?I have seen some LGUs that have ordinances that prohibit vaping and smoking in enclosed establishments. They took it upon themselves to ban both. So, yes, we are encouraging LGUs to adopt innovations in implementing a tobacco-free environment,? she said. Based on the 2015 Global Youth Tobacco Survey, the number of overall current tobacco users among students aged 13 years to 15 years increased to 16 percent from 13.7 percent in 2011. — Leilani S. Junio, PNA ]]>

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