Cigarette-AP-670
The electronic cigarette promotes smoking among children and the youth, says Kenneth Hartigan-Go. —Photo by AP

MANILA: The Philippine health department warned the public on Friday against electronic cigarettes, saying the tobacco substitute could turn children into smokers.

E-cigarettes have been gaining favour among Filipinos as higher tobacco taxes make smoking more expensive.

Food and Drug Administration director-general Kenneth Hartigan-Go disputed what he said were claims by vendors that electronic cigarettes helped smokers kick the habit.

“Wittingly or unwittingly, the electronic cigarette promotes smoking among children and the youth. It makes them less fearful of hazards and risks of smoking,” he said in a health advisory posted on its website Friday.

“The public is advised NOT to smoke at all and NOT to use cigarettes, cigars, or e-cigarettes,” added Hartigan-Go, who could not be reached for comment Friday.

Nearly one in five Filipinos smokes, according to the health department.

A law that came in effect this year will gradually raise the tax on cigarettes over five years, which would roughly double the price per pack to about 52 pesos ($1.27) by 2017.

A basic e-cigarette kit in the Philippines costs as little as $24, featuring a battery-powered vaporiser that delivers a nicotine-laced mist.

More From This Section

Indian polls enter crucial phase

Indian elections are set to enter a crucial stage from now with 117 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats to be put to vote today.

Three foreigners dead at Kabul hospital as guard opens fire

The security guard was injured in the incident at the Cure International hospital and detained by police.

Israel strikes Gaza shortly after Palestinian unity deal

The raid came after the announcement by Hamas and the PLO of an agreement to form a unity government.

Fewer than 10,000 US troops to remain in Afghanistan after ’14

The number of US troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 — to mark the end of the war, Obama officials say.


Comments are closed.

Comments (1)

vv50
April 12, 2013 1:56 pm
what store would sell a minor an e-cigarette, assuming the minor had P1,000 in cash?
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Poll
From The Newspaper
Tweets