CAPHRA urges Duterte to sign vaping bill to save 100,000 smokers a year

An Asia-Pacific advocacy group has sent a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, begging him to sign the vaping bill and help save an estimated 100,000 Filipinos who die from smoking each year.

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) has called on the President to urgently sign the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act, which was previously ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives.

“The weight of scientific evidence shows that thousands of Filipino lives can potentially be saved by making this the law of the land,” said CAPHRA, supported by its expert advisory group and member organizations across the Asia-Pacific region. Peaceful.

CAPHRA noted that Public Health England, the UK’s leading health authority, has concluded that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than combustible cigarettes. “We believe that the use of less harmful alternatives to traditional cigarettes will save approximately 100,000 Filipinos who die each year from smoking-related diseases,” CAPHRA said in the letter.

The letter stated that signing the bill and giving Filipino smokers the option to choose less harmful alternative nicotine products will create a lasting presidential legacy.

“This will prove to the world that President Duterte is a leader who places the health and well-being of his people, based on science, above the vested interests of outsiders,” CAPHRA said.

The Vaping Bill seeks to regulate the use, manufacture, importation, sale, distribution and promotion of vaping and heated tobacco products. It now awaits the President’s signature.

Once enacted, the vaping bill will provide 16 million Filipino smokers with the world’s most effective smoking cessation tool, saving lives and improving the health of millions of Filipino smokers and their families, friends and colleagues. , according to CAPHRA.

“Hundreds of peer-reviewed international scientific studies have shown that innovative smokeless products such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products are far less harmful than combustible tobacco and offer the best options for inducing smokers to switch. or stop. The law will ensure the regulation of these products, so that they meet government standards to protect consumers and bring in revenue, via taxation,” said Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of CAPHRA.

The Asia-Pacific advocacy group says the use of non-combustible nicotine products is at the heart of tobacco harm reduction (THR) – a public health strategy designed to address the smoking problem. by making available less harmful alternatives that don’t produce smoke – the main source of toxic chemicals that cause cancer and chronic lung heart disease.

The letter said that once the vaping bill is enacted, the Philippines will also join 67 countries around the world that have vaping regulatory frameworks. He said countries that have legalized vaping and the use of other smokeless products such as heated tobacco have since seen dramatic declines in smoking prevalence.

Enclosing an extensive bibliography of scientific information, CAPHRA concluded by respectfully requesting the President to urgently sign the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act.

CAPHRA member organization Vapers PH commissioned ACORN Marketing & Research Consultants to conduct “a survey of adult tobacco and nicotine user attitudes in the Philippines” last year. As many as 94% of respondents agreed that the Philippine government should enact policies to encourage adult smokers to adopt less harmful alternatives to cigarettes.

A global collaboration of THR consumer groups, sCOPe, has launched a comprehensive library of panel discussions and online presentations. In November 2021, sCOPe broadcast 24 hours a day during COP9 – the 9th Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Access SCOPE online visit the library here.

With over 14,000 testimonials, CAPHRA is calling on those who have quit smoking with smokeless nicotine alternatives to tell their stories at www.righttovape.org

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