Alternative nicotine delivery systems (ANDS), such as vapes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) are now steadily gaining recognition in the Philippines. MANILA, Philippines — Current strategies to get smokers to drop their habit — including going cold turkey, counseling, and nicotine replacement therapy — have not been very effective, according to Peter Paul Dator, president of The Vapers PH, as quoted in a joint statement issued on Tuesday by various groups advocating safer alternatives to cigarettes. About 15.9 million Filipino adults smoke, with a quit rate of only 4 percent, the statement said, citing the results of the Global Tobacco Survey of 2015, which was conducted by the Department of Health and the Philippine Statistics Authority. The low quit rate is the reason that various groups have continued to promote Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR), a strategy that encourages smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit to switch to smoke-free alternatives — also known as ... » Learn More about Filipinos warming up to better alternatives to cigarettes
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WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?
The total amount released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to agencies for their COVID-19 response efforts since March has already breached P500 billion due to additional releases under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, or Bayanihan 2. The DBM’s COVID-19-related releases amounted to P500.7 billion as of Dec. 28, owing to a slight increase in Bayanihan 2 releases to P107.9 billion from P106.5 billion as of Dec. 19, when the law expired. The remainder of the P140 billion to P165.5 billion in funds set aside under the Bayanihan 2 Law will be released after President Duterte signs the Congress-approved extension of fund validity until next year. Under the earlier Bayanihan to Heal as One Act or Bayanihan 1 Law, the DBM released P386.1 billion from March to June, including funds from items in the P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget which were reallocated to COVID-19 response. DBM data showed that a net of P50.9 billion had been slashed from various departments’ ... » Learn More about DBM fund releases for COVID-19 efforts exceed P500B
Ex-senator Antonio Trillanes IV warned Vice President Leni Robredo that his Magdalo party would abandon her if she gave way to Senator Panfilo Lacson in the 2022 presidential race, casting a dark cloud over the shaky opposition alliance. In a tweet Wednesday, July 28, Trillanes was frank about how he felt upon hearing of Robredo's recent meeting with Lacson and his running mate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III. “VP Leni, I hope this is not true. Pero kung totoo ito, pasensya na po pero the Magdalo Group would not join you and LP kung mag give way kayo para kay Senator Lacson ," Trillanes tweeted. (VP Leni, I hope this is not true. But if it is, then I’m sorry but the Magdalo Group would not join you and LP if you would give way to Senator Lacson.) The Magdalo political organization of Trillanes, composed of retired members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, has long been allied with the once-ruling Liberal Party (LP), where Robredo is ... » Learn More about Trillanes warning: Magdalo dropping Robredo if she gives way to Lacson
A man vapes as people protest against the New York City Council vote on legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes outside City Hall on November 26, 2019 in New York City. AFP GENEVA — Electronic cigarettes and similar devices are dangerous to health and must be regulated to curb the tobacco industry’s “criminal” tactics to get young people hooked on nicotine, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday. “Nicotine is highly addictive. Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are harmful, and must be better regulated,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2021, which focused on new and emerging products, was published on Tuesday. It said ENDS should be tightly regulated for maximum public health protection. “Where they are not banned, governments should adopt appropriate policies to protect their populations from the harms of ENDS, and to prevent their uptake by children, adolescents and other vulnerable groups,” Tedros ... » Learn More about WHO sounds alarm on ‘harmful’ e-cigarettes