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Win Gatchalian bats for regulation of vapes, e-cigarettes

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Prevention is better than cure.

With this in mind, Sen. Win Gatchalian wants to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigars) and other vaping products.

He is set to file a bill regulating the distribution of e-cigars and vales as the country reported its first electronic cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) case in Central Visayas.

“Ngayon nga na nagtala na ang Department of Health ng isang kaso ng EVALI dito sa Pilipinas, nararapat lang na iregulate ang paggamit ng e-cigarettes at vapes dito sa Pilipinas para hindi na dumami pa ang kaso ng EVALI dito sa bansa,” Gatchalian said.

“We are already preparing a bill, which we will file soon, to regulate the packaging, advertisement, sale, and distribution of e-cigarettes in the country, including Juul (a cartridge-based e-cigarette),” he said.

Gatchalian has expressed concern that e-cigars in the country continues to be marketed as a “safer product that can wean smokers off their nicotine addiction even if such claims are unproven.”

He said that the first reported EVALI case in the Philippines “is more than enough” reason to implement a stricter regulation on the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes in the country.

Gatchalian lamented that the lack of stricter regulation on the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes makes it easily available and appealing to children and adolescents, like the unidentified 16-year-old girl victim from Central Visayas.

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