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Medical Association has urged local government to ban electronic cigarettes

The Philippine Medical Association challenged the different city governments on Friday to follow the example of Iloilo City which he said has taken concrete measures against the danger of electronic cigarettes health of Filipinos by prohibiting their use in public places.

images (1)“We praise and thank the people of Iloilo City, headed by its dynamic Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, for inspiring us to persevere in this lonely fight against smoking, in particular its fancy electronic counterpart ” PMA president Dr. Leo Olarte said.

He noted that the Iloilo Council introduced into its Comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance on Thursday to include a battery-powered device in the ban on smoking in public places and transport.

 He urged other cities across the country also make the same move, saying that “it’s just a case of life and death associated with very health and lives of our people, especially our children.”

Earlier, the World Health Organization has urged all governments to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes, as there was no evidence that their use is safe and can help people kick the habit of smoking.

The WHO said that the evidence of the trend in other countries, where people are smoking, graduated to real cigarettes after using electronic cigarettes?

The Food and Drug Administration has also issued guidelines warning the public that the electronic device, smoking was not emission-free and contain “volatile organic compounds” is harmful to health, such as propylene glycol and carcinogenic metals such as nickel and chromium.

Olarte reiterated the PMA’s appeal to President Aquino to instruct his trusted troubleshooter Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II promptly examine and help ensure the FDA recommendations on electronic cigarettes.

He said that his organization was trying to get Roxas to discuss the issue, but the latter seemed unreachable.

“Our FDA does not have enough bodies and independent of other government agencies, as DILG and local authorities to carry out their recommendations,” he said.

“The longer you delay action on this critical issue, the more victims will be,” he added. “We have made efforts to contact our good Secretary Mar Roxas, but it seems that he is always busy.”

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