Duterte now wants to ban the use of e-Cigarettes after DOH confirmed the first case of e-cigarette or vape-associated lung injury (Evali) in the Philippines last week. He even mentioned that he would prefer the use of regular cigarettes instead of e-Cigarettes citing that it was safer. However, this was far from true.
The United States CDC even confirmed that e-Cigarette aerosol generally contains fewer toxic chemicals than the deadly mix of 7,000 chemicals in the smoke of regular cigarettes. Also, the girl who was identified to have been diagnosed with a rare-lung problems caused by e-Cigarettes have been a dual smoker. This means that she both smokes between regular cigarettes and e-Cigarettes thus making this diagnosis pretty inconclusive.
Worst, the PNP or better be called as Duterte’s own Private Police wants to satisfy his whims by arresting random people or better say taxpayers who vapes in public areas even without a law prohibiting its use. The DOH consequently filed an Administrative Order (AO) No. 2019-0007 to add ”e-Cigarettes” under the same clutch of Duterte’s Executive Order No. 26 which already prohibits smoking in public places. However, this has been hounded up and temporarily suspended in Pasig Regional Trial Court.
What is vaping and is it really harmful to your health?
E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices which produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products—flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol.
It is generally accepted that e-cigarettes produce fewer of the toxins found in cigarette smoke despite it having nicotine and possibly a cocktail of chemicals which may potentially be harmful when inhaled. However, aerosol generally contains fewer harmful chemicals than the smoke from burning tobacco products. So currently, most researchers and scientists were currently not in consensus whether paving is really worse than tobacco products because it was just a recent invention.
And while the use of e-Cigarettes may be equivalent using regular tobacco products. It has its fair share of benefits, especially if its use as an alternative to people who frequently smokes and wants to gradually stop smoking.
Here’s a detailed explanation from ASAP Science
Nevertheless, it appears that Duterte’s tax-paid henchmen were at it again by randomly arresting citizens, even if there’s no existing law banning the consumption of e-Cigarettes in public areas. I would admire their excitement of hunting down unarmed civilians.
Personally, I think it would be better if the government regulates how Vape liquids were manufactured and standardized its chemical composition to prevent harmful additives from being added in the mix. Moreoever, using tobacco products is far more damaging and dangerous to public health and the government must do everything to prevent its use for public places.
I think most harm blamed on the use of e-cigarettes can only be traced back to the chemical liquid those users used. Especially, if they certain illegal substances on the mix since additives on e-Cigarettes liquids were not currently being regulated. If e-Cigarettes were far safer alternative to tobacco products then why not?