Rappler's latest stories on e-cigarettes
(UPDATED) 'With the President as our reliable ally in public health, and with medical associations and advocacy groups joining our campaign, our anti-smoking efforts are made stronger,' says Health Secretary Duque
Part 2: Amid a crackdown in its home market, leading e-cigarette company JUUL treads carefully with ‘transparency' efforts as it sets up shop in the Philippines
Part 1: Doctors say it's just like taking poison in smaller amounts
Some experts fear that PMI will continue to sell billions of cigarettes worldwide while promoting itself as 'part of the solution' to smoking
Despite science behind brain immaturity until 25 years of age, some congressmen want to lower the access age to e-cigarettes to 18
The House is building on the provisions of the recently-passed excise tax law, such as the ban on flavored e-liquids for e-cigarettes that make it appealing to young people
The WHO warns that vaping can damage growing fetuses and impact teenagers' brains
A US tobacco researcher and former smoker assesses to what degree fear and hysteria, rather than evidence, might be informing the crucial public health topic
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
The US Health and Human Services says that non-tobacco flavors are being targeted for their youth appeal
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
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
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 DOH says that with 'the lack of conclusive data regarding the long-term effects of using e-cigarettes, its health risks cannot be ignored'
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
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says they will include e cigarettes when we have more information and recommendation from the World Health Organization
The health department is concerned that e cigarettes have become a gateway to conventional smoking
These products still carry risk with them as the technology used may still be defective and the substance used still contains nicotine say the proponents of House Bill Number 3330
The Ombudsman will now police smokers in all its offices including those using e cigarettes
75 of tested samples have diacetyl which has been linked to respiratory disease bronchiolitis obliterans
The Philippine National Police reports a ‘downward trend’ in crime in the capital A hacker collective attacks a media integration platform affecting 80 news sites around the world The Philippines is the newest market for a cheating website
Researchers find carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in vapor produced by several types of e cigarette liquid
Does vape merit being the word of the year? Many netizens don t think so
2ND UPDATE The UN health body also recommends the cigarette shaped electrical devices be banned from public indoor spaces until exhaled vapor is proven to be not harmful to bystanders
US CDC: More than a quarter of a million young people who had never smoked a cigarette used e cigarettes in 2013
It would be unethical and harmful to inhibit the option to switch to tobacco harm reduction products like e cigarettes says the letter
Retailers as of May 18 will no longer be allowed to sell tobacco products or e cigarettes to anyone under 21