PNoy urged to ban e-cigarettes

Posted at 07/13/13 2:49 PM

MANILA – The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) is asking President Benigno Aquino to direct Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes.

In a statement, PMA President Dr. Leo Olarte said electronic cigarettes is an “alternative vice” and should not be considered as legitimate therapy to stop smoking addiction.

“We urgently appeal to President Benigno Aquino III and his government to immediately address this new but clear and present danger of electronic cigarettes to the health of the nation most especially our children. Our young ones can easily be enticed and duped into smoking by these novelty devices,” he said.

The PMA hopes Roxas would study the Food and Drug administration's advisory on the matter.

The PMA made the appeal after the World Health Organization issued a warning which said the so-called nicotine replacement therapy given by e-cigarettes have been proven unsafe for humans. -- With ANC