Philippines reports first vaping-linked illness

Henrietta Strickland
November 17, 2019

THE Philippines today reported its first case of a vaping-linked illness, as health authorities expressed concern at court orders preventing them from regulating electronic cigarettes.

Chronic smokers who switched from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarette vapes in a large randomised control trial saw a significant improvement in markers of heart health after just a month, researchers said on Friday.

"The findings are not conclusive if it is really related to the use of e-cigarettes or vaping for the simple reason that no tests were done to definitively rule out possible infectious diseases that may be caused by virus or bacteria", he said.

"It is crucial to emphasise that e-cigarettes are not safe, just less harmful than tobacco cigarettes when it comes to vascular health", George said.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, will fuel further worldwide debate about the potential risks and benefits of e-cigarettes amid more than 2,000 cases of vaping-related lung illness and more than 40 deaths in the United States in recent months.

The girl was treated by a paediatric pulmonologist and discharged.

Last October, the DoH urged all government hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities to monitor and report cases of EVALI. Domingo urged the courts to rule on the circumstances swiftly, including: "As global evidence points out, every delay in regulating electronic cigarettes is a step back for public health". E-Cigarettes Banned In India, And As Anticipated, Humorous Memes and Hilarious Jokes Go Viral on Twitter. Nevertheless, concern about their results has been rising and in July, the World Well being Group warned that digital smoking gadgets had been "undoubtedly harmful and should therefore be subject to regulation".

Apart from e-cigarette use, about four in 10 adult Filipino men and almost six percent of women are tobacco users, a government survey showed.

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