Doctors welcome vape bill’s final version, say it will save smokers’ lives

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Medical experts welcomed the final version of the vape bill, saying this will strictly regulate e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, protect the youth and save smokers’ lives.

This followed the publication last week of the details of the final version of the vape bill and its key provisions particularly those meant to protect the minors and regulate the sale, advertising and public use of vapor products and HTPs which are considered less harmful alternatives to combustible cigarettes.

Dr. Romeo Luna Jr., president of the San Juan Medical Center Staff Association, said while there is still risks in using these products, these are significantly less compared to cigarettes.

“The scientific consensus from medical experts and public health regulators around the world is that vapor and heated tobacco products are less harmful than cigarettes,” said Dr. Luna who is also a practicing surgeon at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center.

“This simply means that for the 16 million Filipino smokers who cannot stop smoking, there is now a better and less harmful alternative for them,” said Dr. Luna.

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Jan V. Escosio – Inquirer.net – 2022-04-28.

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