22, 2014

NR # 3385

Solon calls for inquiry into proliferation of e-cigarettes
The increasing popularity of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) smoking especially among young people has prompted a lawmaker to call for an inquiry into its effects on the health of the smokers. Rep. Evelina G. Escudero ( st !istrict" #orsogon) has filed $ouse Resolution %%&" which seeks an investigation into the impact of e-cigarette smoking or use on health and the well 'eing of the youth. Escudero said an inquiry is in order given the increasing popularity in the country of e-cigarette smoking as a su'stitute to real cigarettes as well as a means to quit smoking. (E-cigarettes are first developed in )hina which is an electronic device that produces inhaled nicotine-laced mist simulating the act of smoking and sometimes looks like the real thing"* Escudero ela'orated. Escudero said that 'oth the +ood and !rug ,dministration and the !epartment of $ealth have issued warnings against e-cigarettes since their use may prove to 'e useless in quitting the 'ad ha'it and that the youth may 'e enticed to use them. (E-cigarettes are 'eing 'randed without the warnings of health ha-ards of smoking and may prove to 'e cheaper especially with the imposition of the sin ta. or a higher ta. on cigarettes"* she said" The /icol solon said that such concern may already require legislative intervention to set the policy on the sale and use of e-cigarettes in the country considering that one in every five +ilipinos smoke and that the future well-'eing of the youth may 'e at stake. Escudero further said that under the )onstitution" it is the duty of the #tate to protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them. (*Recogni-ing the vital role of the youth in nation-'uilding" the #tate has the mandate to promote and develop their social" physical" spiritual" moral and intellectual well-'eing"* she said. Escudero urged the $ouse )ommittees on $ealth and 0outh to look into" in aid of legislation" the proliferation of e-cigarettes and its impact on the health and well 'eing of the youth. (12) mvip

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