Reduced risks from e-cigarettes remain unproven –statement
In response to HR 1885, which urges the Department of Health (DOH) to promote “harm reduction measures” as part of the ongoing national tobacco control strategy, with a particular focus on “the use of electronic cigarettes as an alternative for smokers,” a recent release by DOH affirmed, “Claims about the reduced harm of electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) are unsubstantiated and remain unproven.”
DOH acknowledged studies have shown e-cigarettes do cause less harm than regular cigarettes but noted it has yet to prove e-cigarettes serve as a method to quit smoking.
“Until conclusive data regarding their safety [has] been established, regulatory measures should aim at reducing exposure to these products,” the DOH statement concluded.
The resolution was sponsored by Quezon City fourth district Rep. Angelina Tan and Iloilo fourth district Rep. Ferjenel Biron, both of whom are physicians. Coop-NATCCO partylist Rep. Anthony Bravo was also a co-sponsor.
According to the resolution, by using e-cigarettes as an alternative, it contributes to the concept of “harm reduction,” which “can help smokers switch from cigarettes to products that reduce the risks of smoking.”/WDJ