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Philippines Health Department Warns Against E-cigarette Use

by Bidita Debnath on  April 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Saying the tobacco substitute could turn children into smokers, the Philippine health department warned the public against electronic cigarettes.

E-cigarettes have been gaining favour among Filipinos as higher tobacco taxes make smoking more expensive.
 Philippines Health Department Warns Against E-cigarette Use
Philippines Health Department Warns Against E-cigarette Use
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Food and Drug Administration director-general Kenneth Hartigan-Go disputed what he said were claims by vendors that electronic cigarettes helped smokers kick the habit.

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"Wittingly or unwittingly, the electronic cigarette promotes smoking among children and the youth. It makes them less fearful of hazards and risks of smoking," he said in a health advisory posted on its website Friday.

"The public is advised NOT to smoke at all and NOT to use cigarettes, cigars, or e-cigarettes," added Hartigan-Go, who could not be reached for comment Friday.

Nearly one in five Filipinos smokes, according to the health department.

A law that came in effect this year will gradually raise the tax on cigarettes over five years, which would roughly double the price per pack to about 52 pesos ($1.27) by 2017.

A basic e-cigarette kit in the Philippines costs as little as $24, featuring a battery-powered vaporiser that delivers a nicotine-laced mist.

Source: AFP
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