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A city councilor pushed for an ordinance that would regulate “vaping” or electronic smoking (e-smoking) in public after the World Health Organization did not provide assurance that e-smoking is safe for human health.

Councilor Lourdes Gaane, a doctor and chair of the city council committee on health, said she is concerned about the proliferation of vaping in Cagayan De Oro.

Gaane cited the position of the American Cancer Society, which stated that “inhaling a substance is not the same as swallowing it. There are questions about how safe it is to inhale some substances in the e-cigarette into the lungs.”

According to Gaane, the Canadian Cancer Society also backed the position of the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) about the possible ill-effects of e-smoking.

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In the Philippines, then Rep. Eric Olivarez introduced a House bill in 2014 asking for the regulation of vaping on a national scale. Olivarez had classified vape as a drug and added that “any form of drug addiction cannot be countenanced by the State.” The bill is still pending in Congress. (PNA) MF

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