DOH considers regulating the use of vapes

admin   •   March 14, 2018   •   10446

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

MANILA, Philippines — Many are under the impression that because e-cigarettes or vapes do not contain tobacco, they pose little risk to health.

“Noong mga time na nag-switch na nga ako sa vaping, medyo gumanda ‘yung pakiramdam ko. Kasi dati hypertensive ako. Mataas lagi ‘yung blood pressure ko noong naninigarilyo ako,” said KM Konstantino, a vape shop administrator.

(During the time that I switched to vaping I started feeling better. I used to be hypertensive. My blood pressure was always high when I used to smoke.)

Nowadays, shops that sell vapes have mushroomed in different parts of the country and have mostly enticed the youth.

Vapes are used as an alternative to cigarette smoking.

Based on reports of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Research (NCHR), chemicals used in vaporized nicotine cigarettes or vapes are toxic and carcinogenic or can cause cancer.

The Department of Health agrees that e-cigarettes still contains nicotine.

“Iyong addiction sa nicotine, it promotes cancer, mga inflammation, mga sakit na asthma. So nandoon pa rin yung ill effects ng nicotine,” said DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo.

(The addiction to nicotine promotes cancer, inflammation and asthma. So the ill effects of nicotine are still present.)

Domingo added that vapes are not on the list of scientifically proven and expert recommended alternatives to smoking.

Thus, the agency is planning to regulate the use of vapes or e-cigarettes across the country.

“Anywhere from regulation at tsaka iyong pagbabawal kung saan ibinabawal ang sigarilyo, kung saan ibinabawal ang usok,” said the undersecretary. 

(Anywhere from regulation to prohibition in places where cigarettes and smoke are not allowed.)

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Anti-Botcha: Mayor Isko orders intensified meat inspections in Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday ordered the conduct of intensified inspection in public markets following the seizure of thousands of kilograms of “botcha” or spoiled meat in the capital city since July this year.

Report from the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board presented on Thursday showed that since July 1, around 2,689 kilograms of spoiled beef shanks, pork and chicken meat were seized by authorities from different areas in Manila.

Hot meat are food items that did not pass proper inspection and are deemed unsafe for consumption.  

Mayor Isko also ordered concerned local agencies to set up checkpoints in the entry and exit points of Manila Harbor to prevent the entry of spoiled meat to the city.

He also urged the public to be cautious and observant when buying meat products.

Domagoso also called on meat vendors to join in the city government’s campaign against botcha and to make sure to only sold food products from accredited meat establishments. (RRD with details from Harlene Delgado)

UP students discover horn snail extract as potential cancer treatment

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 15, 2019

Researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP) has discovered that extracts from horn snails contain potential cancer treatment.

According to their research several extracts from horn snails (Telescopium telescopium) may prevent angiogenesis or formation of blood vessels from pre-existing ones.

“By preventing this process to occur, cancer cells are starved and do not grow and spread,” according to the study.

The study was published in journal Acta Medica Philippina last month.

“This study evaluated the potential antiangiogenic activity of Telescopium telescopium or locally known as Bagongon. It is highly abundant in the country and consumed as food by the locals,” the study further reads.

DOH: Dengue cases rise to nearly 116,000; 500 deaths

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 25, 2019

Patients suffering from dengue fever receive medical treatment at an isolation ward of a government-run hospital in Manila, Philippines, 16 July 2019. (Photoville International)

The number of dengue cases continues to rise to 115,986 with 491 deaths according to the Department of Health (DOH).

The health department said several regions in the country, which include Central Luzon, Northern Mindanao, Soccksargen, and BARMM, have surpassed the dengue alert threshold.

READ: DOH declares dengue alert in several regions

Cavite and several areas in Zamboanga City have already declared a state of calamity due to the increasing number of dengue cases in the area.

The DOH, meanwhile, reiterates the importance of seeking early consultation to avoid grave consequences.—AAC

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