Lawmakers want regulation of e-cigarettes

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LONDON—Filipino lawmakers on Saturday said it was now more urgent to regulate the sale and use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the country’s first case of lung injury caused by vaping.

Rep. Michael T. Defensor said such regulations must prohibit the sale to and purchase by minors of socalled electronic nicotine-delivery systems (Ends) and alternative tobacco products after a 16-year-old girl from Central Visayas was hospitalized following just seven months of vaping.

Defensor, vice chair of the health committee of the House of Representatives, added that e-cigarette advertisements should not be allowed to target the youth.


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The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is an English-language newspaper in the Philippines. Founded in 1985, it is often regarded as the Philippines' newspaper of record.

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