Articles worth reading

Frustrating Debate

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time4 days ago

I find it frustrating to hear the discussions among concerned agencies on a new ruling that we, the people, have to follow under this pandemic environment. The argument on the shortening of the distance between passengers in public transportation re...

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

Quezon City supports hiring of more contact tracers 

account_balanceQuezon City access_time5 days ago

Quezon City welcomed the national government’s recruitment of additional contact tracers to help bolster the ongoing campaign against the coronavirus disease 2019. “The hiring of more contact tracers is a welcome development in our fight...

In its ceremonial launching today, the %u2018Bayaning Pulis Foundation%u2019 sets another milestone of the PNP Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law  or PNP P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030 in providing assistance to the families of police officers who died in duty while fulfilling their mission as public servants / PNP Facebook Page

Foundation to support families of slain policemen

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) launched a foundation to provide educational assistance and other benefits to children and other dependents of police officers who died or have been ...

Metro Manila News

IQOS

Health policy experts ask regulators to ease rules on smoke-free nicotine products

account_balanceMetro Manila chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Public health experts have gathered in Melbourne, Australia to urge international health bodies and government regulators to ease the restrictive rules against non-combustible, smoke-free nicotine products that are regarded as much safer alternatives to cigarette smoking.

“We have the evidence that harm reduction products—snus, vapes and heat-not-burn tobacco are at least 90-percent safer,” Dr. Colin Mendelsohn, a tobacco treatment specialist and conjoint associate professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales said during the 9th International City Health Conference held in Melbourne on October 3 to 4.

The Progressive Public Health Alliance, a group of health professionals, researchers and public health advocates, organized the conference that has a focus on urban health and harm reduction in all its forms.

Harm reduction refers to an approach designed to reduce the negative impact associated with a practice such as cigarette smoking.  Such an approach is being opposed by people who feel they have an obligation to defend their moralistic views.

Participants in the conference also urged the public not to be swayed by the recent hysteria against vaping, saying non-combustible, smoke-free nicotine products from reputable suppliers are always safer than smoking.

While there were recent reports of an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses in the US, the United Kingdom which has the most advanced regulation on electronic-cigarettes has not recorded any vaping-related deaths so far.

Public Health England reported in 2015 that the use of electronic cigarettes was 95-percent less harmful than cigarette smoking.  The US outbreak is now being investigated for the possible use of illicit vaping liquids or THC containing liquids. 

Public health advocates in Melbourne said the US issue should not grab the attention away from the much greater harm caused by cigarette smoking.  “Tobacco smoking kills 19,000 people in Australia every year,” Mendelsohn said.  

Globally, 20,000 smokers die of cancer and other related illnesses each day, translating into a death every 4.5 seconds.

Mendelsohn said that unfortunately, the rate of decline in smoking rate in Australia has stagnated over the past six years because of the government's ban on harm reduction products.  

“Harm reduction products are safer. We are the only western democracy to ban them,” said Mendelsohn.

“We know there are three types of tobacco harm reduction—snus which had a huge success in Scandinavia, vaping and heat-not-burn products. These are different options, all of which are effectively illegal in Australia,” he said.

Health advocates noted that countries that allow harm reduction products have experienced a rapid decline in smoking rate.  

Japan, for example, saw a third of its cigarette market disappear since heated tobacco products such as IQOS was introduced in 2014. 

date_rangeDate Published
11 months ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Quezon City sees drop in new Covid-19 cases 

account_balanceQuezon City chrome_reader_mode7 hours ago

Quezon City saw a drop in new coronavirus cases for the fourth consecutive week, according to latest data from an independent research group. Latest report from OCTA Research indicated that the number of daily new cases based on onset, per data from...

LTO official in Visayas told to ‘shape up’ 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

Malacañang Palace asked a Land Transportation Office (LTO) official in the Visayas to “shape up” amid corruption allegations hurled against him. In a virtual presser from Cagayan de Oro, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque remin...

Manila City Mayor Francisco Domagoso and DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu visits Manila Bay / Facebook

Isko asks for cooperation to clean up Manila Bay 

account_balanceManila chrome_reader_mode3 days ago

Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso asked for unity and cooperation in cleaning up the Manila Bay, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. “Pagtutulong tulong, pagkakaisa, pagkakaunawaan at pagmamalasakit sa kapw...

Photo courtesy of: Coconuts Co

Tagaytay to accept tourists from MGCQ areas 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

The Joint Task Force Covid Shield allows only those coming from areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) to enter Tagaytay City and other areas that reopened their borders to tourists without presenting a travel authority, according t...

Frustrating Debate

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode4 days ago

I find it frustrating to hear the discussions among concerned agencies on a new ruling that we, the people, have to follow under this pandemic environment. The argument on the shortening of the distance between passengers in public transportation re...

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

Budget for TESDA's scholarship program pushed

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez asked the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to release the remaining funds, amounting to P7.6 billion, for the scholarship programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). I...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
×
Click on the article to continue reading
Muntinlupa extends P1-million loan to cooperative Gov't to close all cemeteries nationwide during Undas DOH guidelines lead to 'low' fatality rate Crimes decrease 47% in 6 months Customs studies donating seized gadgets to students LTO releases new motorcycle plates Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature