E-cigarette ads’ wide reach among U.S. youth alarming: CDC

admin   •   January 7, 2016   •   2146

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

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

E-cigarette companies are reaching about seven in 10 U.S. middle- and high-school students with advertisements employing themes of sex, independence and rebellion that hooked previous generations on regular cigarettes, a government study released on Tuesday said.

The marketing strategy could reverse decades of progress in preventing tobacco use among youth, warned the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which suggested tighter controls on e-cigarette sales to reduce minors’ access.

“The e-cigarette advertising we’re seeing is like the old-time Wild West,” CDC Director Tom Frieden told reporters. “No rules, no regulations and heavy spending advertising the products.”

E-cigarette use among middle- and high-school students soared over the past five years, surpassing use of regular cigarettes in 2014, according to CDC statistics. Spending on e-cigarette advertising also jumped, increasing to an estimated $115 million in 2014 from $6.4 million in 2011.

The CDC’s National Youth Tobacco Survey found that 68.9 percent of this age group saw e-cigarette ads from one or more media sources in 2014, most commonly in stores but also online, on television and in movies or magazines.

E-cigarettes contain cartridges that typically hold nicotine as well as other liquids and flavorings, and a heating element to create a vapor that the user inhales.

Many researchers believe e-cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes, but the risks are still being studied.

Frieden said any tobacco use by young people could lead to brain damage, addiction and higher risk of becoming regular cigarette smokers.

“The use of e-cigarettes in kids appears increasingly likely to result in an increased risk of using regular cigarettes,” Frieden said.

Most states have passed laws banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to regulate the products is under federal review.

Altria Group (MO.N), which owns three U.S. tobacco companies, is among e-cigarette sellers that have said they favor laws that prevent minors purchasing their products.

(Reporting by Barbara Liston in Orlando, Fla.; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Lisa Von Ahn and Andrew Hay)

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Duterte signs into law higher taxes on alcohol, e-cigarette

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 23, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law imposing higher taxes on alcohol, e-cigarettes, and other vapor products.

The Republic Act no. 11467 was signed to raise additional funds for the government’s Universal Healthcare Law.

Under the newly signed law, taxes on distilled spirits shall increase to P42 per proof liter this year and will increase by 6% every year starting 2025. There will also be an ad valorem tax imposed on the products which is 22% of the alcohol prices.

Meanwhile, taxes of wine and beer products will increase by P50 and P35 per liter respectively. These products will also be subjected to a 6% tax increase every year starting in 2025.

For vapor products, a pack of heated tobacco will have an excise tax of P25 this year. Salt nicotine products will have excise taxes set at P37 per milliliter while cigarette taxes are set at P45 per pack this year.

Taxes of all vapor products will increase by 5% every year in the succeeding years.

The law, meanwhile, exempts medicine for diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol in value-added tax.

By 2023, the law will also exempt value-added tax on prescription drugs for cancer, mental illness, tuberculosis, and kidney disease.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President has vetoed section 5 of the Republic Act.

“The sin tax law that has been approved, there’s one provision that was vetoed, section 5, regarding the authority of the court to first grant seizure of properties as well as searching,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

PNP to enforce arrest-and-release system for individuals vaping in public

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement an arrest-and-release system for individuals caught vaping in public.

PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa clarified that they will not detain apprehended vapers while the new executive order is still pending in Malacañang.

“We can arrest but we cannot punish, arrest in not punishment,” he said.

Arrested individuals, according to Gamboa, will be recorded in the police blotter and will be released.

“If you include vape in that EO, it’s actually an expansion of the definition of smoking, kaya sabi pwede i-implement agad (that’s why it can be implemented immediately). However, in the absence of publication, which is required for any state to impose punitive action, hence, another EO is required for it to be published and then tsaka magkaroon ng (there will be) punishment,” he added.

The PNP OIC also assured there will be no abuse in the implementation of the arrest-and-release system.

Gamboa released a memorandum on Wednesday (November 20) declaring all PNP camp and office a ‘no vape zone’.

He also directed police officers to arrest individuals caught vaping in public.

This was after the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (November 19) to ban the importation and use of vaping.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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All PNP camps, offices declared ‘no vape zone’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2019

All camps and offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be a ‘no vape zone’, according to PNP officer-in-charge (OIC) Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa.

“All PNP camps and offices are declared ‘no vape zone’,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (November 20). Gamboa also directed policemen to refrain from vaping in public.

The PNP OIC also said they will begin enforcing the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban vaping in public spaces.

PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac also said, Gamboa already directed the PNP to enforce the ban and arrest those who are caught vaping in public.

“Effective today ang agarang pagbabawal sa paggamit ng vapes o e-cigarettes at ang pagtiyak na ang paggamit nito in public ay maaaresto (The ban on the use of vapes or e-cigarettes will be effective today and individuals caught using it in public will be arrested),” according to Banac.

However, for cities with no ordinance, apprehended individuals will have their names listed. They will just be reprimanded and will be sent home.

Banac also said that the PNP will coordinate with local government units (LGUs), vape manufacturers and sellers regarding the said ban.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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