‘e-cigarettes aren’t really that safe’

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MANILA, Philippines – Recently a group of e-cigarette traders and aficionados called a press conference on which they drumbeat the worry-free usage of “vapes” or e-cigarettes.
Not anymore.

This, after the Department of Health, reported and confirmed the potent side effects of “vapes” and e-cigarettes on health.

The health department on Saturday (16 November 2019) claimed “a 16-year-old girl from Central Visayas is considered as the country’s first known victim of lung injury caused by electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), or vaping.”

And health Secretary Francisco Duque III explained the first recorded (EVALI) e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury patient was accordingly not asthmatic but had been using an e-cigarette daily for only four months since March along with traditional cigarettes until she was hospitalized on Oct. 21.

It was claimed that “two weeks prior to her hospitalization, Duque said, the girl, who requested anonymity, took cough medicines to help relieve her dry cough but to no avail.”

She was then brought to an undisclosed hospital after she had a “sudden onset of difficulty of breathing,” Duque said adding the victim “met the case criteria for Evali” per US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Since the introduction of e-cigarettes, the CDC has already recorded 2,172 cases of lung injuries and 42 deaths associated with it and vaping.

For more information on this please visit CDC’s website. (IAMIGO/CNS)

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