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PHILIPPINES: Representative calls for ban on e-cigarettes

PHILIPPINES: Representative calls for ban on e-cigarettes

In the Philippines, e-cigarettes are a problem for some political representatives. There is little, José Enrique Garcia III, representative of 2e District of Bataan Province said he wanted to restrict the import, manufacture, use, sale, distribution and advertising regarding the e-cigarette.


THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ADOPT A POLICY OF PROHIBITION!


José Enrique Garcia III, representative of 2e District of Bataan Province recently said that the government should adopt a policy banning the import, manufacture, use, sale and distribution of e-cigarettes.

«In the Philippines, artisanal production of flavorings and e-liquids has become a common practice. The fact that local manufacturers can mix their own bases and flavors without publicly disclosing the ingredients and solutions used is very alarming. Unless stopped at the earliest, the manufacture of these products can no longer be controlled Garcia said.

He regrets that most e-cigarettes have not been tested for electrical or mechanical safety and have caused injury to users. " In fact, reports on the explosion of e-cigarettes in the media are becoming more common, currently there are more 300 reports on explosions related to e-cigarettes around the world" , did he declare.

Citing many studies, Bataan's representative expressed concern that the use of e-cigarettes encourages smoking. " In fact, although it has been sold as an alternative to tobacco, a recent study from the University of California reveals that the use of the e-cigarette reduces the likelihood of people quitting. Instead of quitting, they end up becoming vapors ", did he declare.

«The state must not and can not tolerate any form of dependency. It is therefore urgent that these products be banned from the market until there is scientific proof of their safety ", Garcia said.

José Enrique Garcia III tabled House 8671, a project to restrict e-cigarettes, to prohibit the importation, manufacture, use, sale or distribution of electronic cigarettes. Under the bill, all forms of advertising and promotion of the electronic cigarette will be prohibited.

Offenders to the proposed law could be fined from 500 000 to 1 million pesos or imprisonment for up to six years.

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