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DOH considers regulating the use of vapes

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

MANILA, Philippines — Many are under the impression that because e-cigarettes or vapes do not contain tobacco, they pose little risk to health.

“Noong mga time na nag-switch na nga ako sa vaping, medyo gumanda ‘yung pakiramdam ko. Kasi dati hypertensive ako. Mataas lagi ‘yung blood pressure ko noong naninigarilyo ako,” said KM Konstantino, a vape shop administrator.

(During the time that I switched to vaping I started feeling better. I used to be hypertensive. My blood pressure was always high when I used to smoke.)

Nowadays, shops that sell vapes have mushroomed in different parts of the country and have mostly enticed the youth.

Vapes are used as an alternative to cigarette smoking.

Based on reports of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Research (NCHR), chemicals used in vaporized nicotine cigarettes or vapes are toxic and carcinogenic or can cause cancer.

The Department of Health agrees that e-cigarettes still contains nicotine.

“Iyong addiction sa nicotine, it promotes cancer, mga inflammation, mga sakit na asthma. So nandoon pa rin yung ill effects ng nicotine,” said DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo.

(The addiction to nicotine promotes cancer, inflammation and asthma. So the ill effects of nicotine are still present.)

Domingo added that vapes are not on the list of scientifically proven and expert recommended alternatives to smoking.

Thus, the agency is planning to regulate the use of vapes or e-cigarettes across the country.

“Anywhere from regulation at tsaka iyong pagbabawal kung saan ibinabawal ang sigarilyo, kung saan ibinabawal ang usok,” said the undersecretary. 

(Anywhere from regulation to prohibition in places where cigarettes and smoke are not allowed.)

— Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy: study

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2018

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Portugal parliament rejects legal euthanasia in divisive vote

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Parliamentary members attend a voting on legalizing euthanasia at the parliament in Lisbon, Portugal May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Portugal’s parliament rejected on Tuesday (May 29) a bill that would have legalized voluntary euthanasia for terminal patients in the Catholic-majority country by a narrow margin, but it secured enough support to ensure continued debate on the issue.

The bill, drafted by the ruling Socialists garnered 110 votes in the 230-seat parliament but was outvoted by 115 opponents, with 4 abstentions, after a heated debate and a vote that required each lawmaker to declare his or her stance.

Earlier, a few hundred people of all ages – mostly from religious groups and Catholic schools – had protested in front of the parliament building, chanting slogans and carrying placards against euthanasia.

The socialist bill envisaged legalization for medically-assisted death based on an informed request by patients suffering profoundly from a serious, incurable illness with no expected improvement in sight, in a terminal state or suffering from the widely incapacitating lesion. — Reuters

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WHO calls emergency meeting to address Ebola outbreak in Congo

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene an emergency meeting today to consider the international risk of the Ebola outbreak in Congo.

WHO official Peter Salama says the UN body would decide whether to declare a public health emergency of international concern. Salama explains doing so would trigger more international involvement, mobilizing sources and resource.

The UN body made the decision to call for an emergency meeting after an Ebola virus case was confirmed in Mbandaka, which has a population of one million.

There have already been 44 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola in Congo, and 23 people have died. — Reuters

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