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Philippines Look To U.K. Report to Rally For Vape Reform

Philippines Look To U.K. Report to Rally For Vape Reform

Philippines Look To U.K. Report to Rally For Vape Reform

The vaping industry in Asia has suffered a number of notable blows in 2018. First, there was the closing of loopholes resulting in a complete ban on vaping in Singapore. Then, there were a number of raids carried out by the Malaysian government on vape shops, seizing e-liquid and other vapor products. However, there seems to be some good news coming out of the Philippines, as vapers there look abroad to studies in the United Kingdom in hopes of validating the promotion of vaping as a cessation tool for combustible cigarettes.  

Advocates in the Philippines point specifically to the latest Public Health England (PHE) report, which states that vaping is less harmful than smoking, and recommended that hospitals in the United Kingdom stock e-cigarettes for patients who want to quit.

“Listen to the experts. It is time for the Department of Health  to look into this report so that they can recommend e-cigarettes and heated-tobacco products to smokers who want to quit,” said Tom Pinlac, president of the The Vapers Philippines, according to the Business Mirror.

The PHE Study

In 2015, the NHS claimed that e-cigarettes were “95 percent safer than tobacco,” and it’s been one of the most positive thing that’s been said by a country’s government about vaping.

This study and claim has precipitated a number of reviews by the government to make the country more smoke free. Most recently, the NHS recommended vaping as a cessation tool across a number of government institutions, including hospitals, and to use vape shops as a place to promote cessation.  

The PHE review also stated that there are many people who believe misinformation spread about vaping by its detractors. According to the review, thousands of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking; close to 40 percent of smokers have not even tried an e-cigarette, and most people believe mistakenly that nicotine is the main cause of cancer.

Here at Breazy we've explored in multiple blog posts the side effects of nicotine, and while it is an addictive substance found in both combustible cigarettes and vaping products, the causes of cancer are linked to the additives found in cigarettes, not the nicotine.

Filipino Vapers

To Filipino vaping advocates, the reason for all this misinformation is due to fear mongering, and  there are thousands of Filipino smokers who can benefit from having access to e-cigarettes.

“More than 17 million Filipino smokers can benefit from vaping e-cigs or other heated-tobacco products because they are significantly less harmful than smoking” said Edward Gatchalian, president of Philippine E-Liquid Manufacturers Association.

“It is said that 87,000 deaths every year are attributed to smoking-related diseases. Smokers should switch to vaping or tobacco-heated products if they want kick the habit of smoking. This is a very clear message embodied in the PHE report”, Gatchalian added.

The advocacy of vaping in the Philippines is the result of a clampdown by infamous President Rodrigo Duterte, who, in May 2017, banned smoking in public, while leaving the fate of vaping hanging in an uncertain balance by the administration. It remains to be seen how things will ultimately play out.