P-Noy urged to ban e-cigarettes by Philippine Medical Association

The Philippine Medical Association says e-cigarettes is as deadly as the real thing.

Manila Standard Today's Macon Ramos-Araneta reports that the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) urged President Benigno Aquino III-himself a smoker-to impose a ban on electronic cigarettes because they are not a safe alternative to cigarettes.

According to the report, PMA President Leo Olarte on Sunday, July 14, asked Aquino "to order Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II to study the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) advisory that 'e-cigarettes are unregistered products.'" Olarte said the FDA's advisory against e-cigarettes is actually a ban, but FDA’s limited resources has prevented the agency from enforcing it.

The country's largest organization of doctors made its appeal to Aquino "after the World Health Organization warned that the so-called nicotine replacement therapy provided by e-cigarettes is not safe for humans," the report said.

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