Gov’t Hospitals Urged by FDA To Immediately Vape-Related Illnesses
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges all government hospitals to immediately report all illnesses and injuries related to vaping.
FDA officer-in-charge Director General Eric Domingo said that the agency is now conducting a survey regarding vape injuries. The move has been announced after five people died due to a mysterious lung condition related to the electronic devices.
Electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery system (ENNDS) is the name generally given to devices such as e-cigarettes, vapes, and other heated tobacco products, which is linked to several lung diseases.
Domingo said that all hospitals under the Department of Health (DOH) are required to report vape-related diseases and injuries similar to Europe and North America. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also looking into 450 cases of lung disease across 33 countries that might have been caused by using electronic cigarettes.
The Sin Tax Coalition and Action has also expressed their concern regarding the escalating vape-related deaths. It also expressed its goal to protect the Filipino people from the harmful devices.
“This news must serve as an impetus to regulate the consumption of these products in the Philippines, to help limit the potential catastrophic health outcomes that come with their use,” Action on Smoking and Health executive director Maricar Limpin said.
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