DOH considers regulating the use of vapes

admin   •   March 14, 2018   •   10664

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.)

— Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

16 public hospitals on code white alert for the Traslacion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2020

Starting Thursday (January 9), 16 public hospitals in Metro Manila will be on code white alert in preparation for the Traslacion.

There will also be 14 health response teams to be deployed in strategic areas during the Traslacion to provide emergency medical services.

In a statement, the Department of Health (DOH) said “medical specialists are placed on stand-by for the immediate treatment of incoming patients, while emergency service personnel, nursing, and administrative personnel are placed on on-call status for immediate mobilization.”

The DOH also advised the public to wear comfortable clothes, protective foorwear, and hats to prevent heat exhaustion. The health department also advised to bring umbrella or ponchos in case of rain.

The public is also advised not to wear jewelries or bring expensive gadgets.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

US bans fruit, mint vaping cartridges to curb youth use

Robie de Guzman   •   January 3, 2020

Washington – The United States Food and Drug Administration on Thursday banned the sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes, including fruit and mint, in an attempt to reduce their use among children and youth.

The decision, in which companies have 30 days to cease manufacture, distribution and sales, aims to reduce the “troubling epidemic” among youth, although for some sectors it is seen as a step back from the original plan of the President Donald Trump administration to ban all flavors.

“The United States has never seen an epidemic of substance use arise as quickly as our current epidemic of youth use of e-cigarettes,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in the FDA statement.

On September 11 last year, Azar announced that the Trump administration planned to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes except tobacco after the first deaths linked to their use were made public.

At that time, Trump, in statements from the Oval Office with Azar and other officials, said that vaping is a problem that especially affects “innocent children.”

In October, Juul, the largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes in the US, announced it was suspending sales of most of its flavors in the country ahead of the ban, although it anticipated that it would continue to manufacture tobacco and menthol flavors.

The same month, The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration was considering allowing the sale of some flavors so as not to put at risk the re-election of Trump, whose campaign team has warned of the electoral impact that the plan to ban all flavored e-cigarettes would have amid possible job losses and voter backlash.

The report said Trump’s campaign chief Brad Parscale warned that the plan to reduce vaping among young people could hurt Trump in the 2020 election.

Groups working in the industry also created a pushback campaign called #IvapeIVote and #WeVapeWeVote.

In its statement, the FDA cited federal survey data to show that young people are particularly attracted to flavors such as fruit and mint, more so than to tobacco or menthol.

According to local media, 55 people have died across 27 states due to a lung illness linked to vaping. EFE-EPA

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The cold winds are rising: How to stay healthy amid cold weather illnesses

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 29, 2019

The cold winds are rising, and cold weather illnesses are coming.

No season is a good season to get sick so it is better to prepare your body to prevent any illnesses especially those that are most common during the cold season.

Department of Health (DOH) Spokesman Eric Domingo said flu season is already starting in other countries and is slowly reaching the country. Domingo also advised the public to be more vigilant especially when flu season begins.

“Ang flu season medyo nag-umpisa na sa ibang bansa at dito sa atin medyo parating na rin iyan (Flu season is already in other countries and is slowly making its way into the country) and we really advise everybody to be more extra vigilant kapag ganito na malapit na ang flu season (especially when flu season is almost here),” he said.

But if you are already feeling the flu, here are some remedies you can try.

  • Stay hydrated: Drink warm lemon water, fresh fruit/vegetable juice.
  • Sip hot soup/broth
  • Gargle warm water with salt for your sore throat
  • Drink tea that has anti-viral or anti-bacterial properties (Green or black tea, turmeric fresh or dried ginger, ginger paste, fresh garlic cloves
  • Use humidifier inside your home to prevent the further spread of virus
  • Wear face mask or always cover your mouth while coughing
  • Wash your hands regularly

The DOH also reminds the public not to take medicine without proper doctor’s prescription. The health department also encourages people to get vaccinated.

“Mahirap din po na magkaroon ng komplikayon ang flu, katulad ng pneumonia na maaaring ikamatay ng mga matatanda, (It is difficult to have complications due to the flu or pneumonia which dangerous to the elderly)” Domingo said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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