DOH calls on parents to bar minors from using vapes

Marje Pelayo   •   November 5, 2018   •   3007

 

FILE PHOTO: Vaping

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) calls on parents to prohibit their teenagers from using vapes or e-cigarettes.

This is in line with the recent incident involving a 17-year-old who was hospitalized after using a second hand vape that exploded and damaged his face.

The boy was rushed to East Avenue Medical Center on October 30.

Specifically, the attending physician said the incident damaged the boy’s lips, tongue and some parts of his face. There was also internal bleeding in his eyelids due to the impact.

“The patient that had an explosion was a 17-year-old. We limit the selling of cigarettes to minors… but 17-year-olds obviously can access these vaping liquids and the juice that they call it and the items, the delivery system that they buy online and they have to be regulated,” said DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo.

The DOH together with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will launch an in-depth investigation into the incident in order to come up with a more concrete regulation on the use of vapes. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Duterte orders ban on vapes, EO to follow

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a ban on sale, importation and use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vapes.

Furthermore, the Chief Executive ordered law enforcement agencies to arrest anyone who would be caught vaping in all public places across the country.

The President is convinced that vaping poses more harm to people than smoking ordinary cigarettes.

“Vaping is also dangerous and I am banning it, and if you are smoking now, you will be arrested,” he announced during the press briefing on Tuesday (November 19) in Malacañang.

“I am banning the importation. Customs, you listen to it. I’m banning it altogether,” he added.

The President said he will issue an executive order to formalize his directive.

The Chief Executive’s announcement came after a recent report of the first e-cigarette vaping-associated lung injury (e-VALI) in the country.

“I have that urgent power to do it, so I’m ordering it,” he said.

“The EO will follow. I’m banning it because it’s contrary to public safety,” the President concluded. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Solon proposes law banning e-cigarettes or vapes

Marje Pelayo   •   November 19, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker is pushing for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes known as vapes in all public places across the country.

Filed by Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, House Bill 5510 prohibits the use of vapes in public areas such as schools and universities, public elevators and staircases, gas stations, oil, and chemical storages and laboratories.

It also pushes to ban vaping in hospital premises and health clinics, train and bus terminals, airports and seaports, restaurants and conference halls.

The proposed measure is also pushing on limiting the sales of vapor products even in online sales platforms.

Violators would have to pay from P1,000 to P500,000 pesos in penalty plus jail term once the bill is enacted into law.

Herrera-Dy filed the proposed measure following confirmation of the first patient acquiring vape-related ailment in the country. MNP (details from Vincent Arboleda)

DOH agrees with FDA decision to ban Dengvaxia in Phl

Maris Federez   •   August 22, 2019

A Filipino nurse prepares to administer an anti-dengue vaccine during a nationwide vaccination at a school in the flood-prone city of Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines, 04 April 2016. (Photoville International / FILE)

The Department of Health (DOH) has rejected the request of Sanofi Pasteur to overturn the decision of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the use of Dengvaxia vaccine in the Philippines.

With this, the DOH approved the ruling of the FDA to permanently revoke the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia for Sanofi’s failure to submit the necessary post-approval requirements.

“The decision concerns Sanofi’s complete disregard of FDA regulations, which were precisely put in place by law to ensure safety,” DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.

Although Sanofi was able to submit the first two versions of its risk management plans (RMP), the pharmaceutical company failed to submit the third and final version of the plan.

The DOH said, however, that Sanofi may apply for a new certificate of product registration (CPR) for Dengvaxia but this must be in accordance with the FDA regulations.

“Given that Dengvaxia is an innovative drug, the importance of complying with these post-marketing commitments is critical to public safety,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the department has assured that it continues to address the increasing cases of dengue in the country. /mbmf

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