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At least 100 vapes are confiscated in Cebu alone. No arrests are made in the crackdown on electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices.
Contradicting lawyers in the government, dangerous drugs House committee chair Robert Ace Barbers believes that the President’s verbal e-cigarette ban is enough to consider as effective as a written executive order
Is vaping allowed in designated smoking areas? The President's foot soldiers are piecing policy puzzles as they go.
'That's the President's policy pronouncement,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on a vaping ban allowing for arrests of vape users, even though an executive order has yet to be issued
Asked why cops should arrest vape users if they will not file a case, police OIC Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says, ‘Just to implement the directive of the President’
The President's remark is the latest show of disregard for the independence of the judiciary and the role of lawyers
Central Visayas Police Chief Valeriano De Leon says his policy would be based on Executive Order 26, which bans smoking in public places
The Philippine National Police does not know whether they should also arrest vape users in designated smoking areas because they began without waiting for an executive order
California also files a similar lawsuit, accusing Juul of misleading consumers by misrepresenting its products as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and of illegally selling to minors
President Rodrigo Duterte's order comes after the Department of Health confirmed the first Evali case in the country
Apple says it agrees with the assessment of US health experts who called the spread of e-cigarette and vaping products 'a public health crisis and a youth epidemic'
The US-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention identify vitamin E acetate as responsible for the vaping-linked lung injury outbreak in the United States
Rappler sits down with tobacco cessation expert and pulmonologist Maricar Limpin on the harmful effects of e-cigarettes
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says this would allow 'existing health information systems capture to data on vaping-related disorders'
But it may take more years of research to determine what exactly makes e-cigarettes dangerous
E-cigarettes were initially touted as less damaging than tobacco, which causes around 8 million deaths a year
This comes less than a week after the states of New York and Michigan announced a ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes
More than half the cases involved patients under 25 years of age and three-quarters were men, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
British American Tobacco, the maker of Dunhill and Lucky Strike cigarettes, says the job cuts would ensure savings which can be reinvested in new product categories
The US Health and Human Services says that non-tobacco flavors are being targeted for their youth appeal
Keeping a uniform typeface below graphic depictions of smoking-related illnesses will make the products less attractive to buyers, says Prakit Vathesatogkit, vice chair of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance
United States health authorities are investigating if e-cigarette use is linked to nearly 200 cases of severe lung illness
The new sin tax bill is the first measure to have successfully hurdled the House in the 18th Congress
Just before it is approved on 2nd reading, the bill increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks is substituted with a new version that expands its coverage
The city's legislature unanimously approves an ordinance which backers say is necessary due to the 'significant public health consequences' of a 'dramatic surge' in vaping among youths
WHO voices concern at attempts by Philip Morris International to co-opt international efforts for its own campaign this week promoting new vaping and heated tobacco products as part of the solution to the world's smoking epidemic
The Bureau of Internal Revenue discovers a new scheme by illicit tobacco traders: offering sardines or a pack of noodles in exchange for tax stamps
This kind of study is a preliminary one that does not go so far as to say vaping causes heart trouble, or suggest a biological mechanism as to how this might happen
Philip Morris is seeking lower insurance rates for smokers who switch to their 'smoke-free' IQOS products
However, an accompanying editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine cautioned: 'While e-cigarettes are 'safer' than traditional cigarettes, they are not without risks'
E-cigarette maker says: 'We certainly don't want youth using the product. It is bad for public health, and it is bad for our mission' which is 'eliminating cigarettes'
The Department of Health wants excise tax on cigarettes to be increased to P90 per pack from the current P32.50
'If we do not implement [higher] tax at this time, by the time President Duterte steps down, we will actually have one million new smokers,' says Dr Ulysses Dorotheo of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance
The DOH says that with 'the lack of conclusive data regarding the long-term effects of using e-cigarettes, its health risks cannot be ignored'
Here are some facts and figures ahead of the United Nations' World No Tobacco Day Thursday, May 31
The Bureau of Customs says the cigarettes, worth P18.5 million, were misdeclared as 'industrial artificial fur texture'
The report says some of the world's highest concentrations of tobacco users are in Indonesia, where 76.2 percent of males aged 15 or older smoke; Vietnam, and the Philippines
The neophyte senator is confident he can defend his proposed tax measure in the Senate
The bill also seeks to limit the marketing sale and distribution of the product allowing only those 18 years old and above to buy and use it
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also reveals her department s plan to bring to the Philippines a technology that will detect ambient nicotine present indoors
Some of you may be going through the same struggle. You know it's not good for you, but you're stuck in a cycle of feeling deprived and craving and relapsing. It's all right – I've been there too many times to count
Candon City in Ilocos Sur goes against the Philippines local and international commitments to shift farmers away from tobacco to alternative crops and livelihood
Tobacco farmers in Sta Cruz Ilocos Sur say their local government uses its share in excise taxes on cigarettes in funding non tobacco farming projects
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says they will include e cigarettes when we have more information and recommendation from the World Health Organization
Use of tobacco funds by local government units has long been marred by issues of corruption
The raid on the warehouses storing Mighty Corporation cigarettes is made two days after the government filed a P9 6 billion tax evasion case against the company
The President says the P1 5 billion offer of Mighty Corporation owners is unacceptable : There was deceit So he needs to give double He should offer P3 billion
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the lookout bulletin orders are in connection with the smuggling allegations against the cigarette company
The Department of Finance says revenue agencies are gathering evidence to support an air tight case against the country s oldest cigarette company