SCAN Bulletin #139                                                                                 May 3 , 2023
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Iloilo City, Philippines

Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) Executive Director Mr Iñigo Garingalao in front of the Rolling Store in Iloilo City.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday announced that it would accost students caught vaping and smoking in public places.

In an interview aired over dzBB, PNP Public Information Office chief Col. Redrico Maranan said the police would be enforcing the laws and ordinances by local government units against vaping and smoking.

“Yes, we will (also apprehend students vaping and smoking.) Our local ordinances will be enforced by the police, as ordered by our chief PNP (Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr.),” Maranan said in Filipino. READ MORE

Some high street vapes claiming to be nicotine-free actually contain the same level of addictive substances as full-strength e-cigarettes, tests shows.

Data shared with the Guardian by Inter Scientific – which offers analytical testing of products to check whether they are following regulations – examined dozens of vape brands sold in shops across England and Wales.

The data showed that oversized and overstrength vapes are being sold unlawfully in shops. Laboratory analysis of 52 products bought in England showed 73% were above the legal e-cigarette tank capacity of 2ml. More than 40% of those tested had been filled with 5ml of liquid or more.

The analysis also showed that eight devices purporting to contain no addictive substances did contain some, with many containing almost 20mg/ml of nicotine – the legal limit in the UK. One vape had levels more than 50% higher than the legal limit. READ MORE

Addiction to smoking is becoming a major problem across the world, as more and more people are becoming addicted to tobacco products.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of smokers has risen to over 1.1 billion, making it one of the leading causes of preventable death and disease globally. READ MORE
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