Smoking in the Philippines

Pages: 2 (761 words) Published: June 21, 2013
Smoking, is not an advisable to be a stress reliever. Even the a cigarrete commercial says "Smoking is dangerous to your health." Indeed, not only for the person who's smoking but also for the one inhaling the smoke from the cigarette. It also harm the environment. So why use it? For fun or because you are depressed? No. That's why when the sintax bill was passed it came to be a good news for me. But here comes the new technology of having electronic cigarettes here in the Philippines. It is not yet proven that the vapor coming out from the e-cigarettes are harmful or harmless that is why even these e-cigarettes are not that advisable especially for children. Smoker must take in mind the consequences that they may cause, respect others opinion about the bad effects of smoking. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is concerned of the increase in the trade of the electronic cigarette or e-cigarette and the usage of this in different public places. MMDA wants to impose a regulation regarding the selling of these e-cigarettes and stop the usage of this in places like hospitals, schools, and terminals. There is no law that prohibits the usage of the electronic cigarettes in enclosed places here in the Philippines, but the MMDA wants to prohibit it to more secure places because even though there are hardly any chemicals present in electronic cigarettes, there is still nicotine that causes addiction; add to the fact that these do not undergo clearance and inspection from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to say that it safe to use. Even the Department of Health (DOH) is against the use electronic cigarettes. Based on a study, 90 percent of users can go back to the Tobacco smoking by way of e-cigarettes. When the law which prohibits smoking in enclosed places and the Sin Tax bill which increased the price of cigarettes was passed, the acquisition of e-cigarettes increased in number and it became available everywhere, even in sidewalks. An...
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