SCAN Bulletin #125                                                                       January 25, 2023
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Baguio's Smoke-Free Park:
A Dream Turned Into Reality 

Baguio City, Philippines
On 23 January 2023, the Smoke-Free Park groundbreaking ceremony was conducted in Baguio City by the Smoke-Free Task Force headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo. 
The Smoke-Free Park will embody Baguio City’s dedication to constantly create smoke-free environments free from cigarette smoke and vape aerosol that not only harms the user and those around them, but also pollutes the environment.

Photo credit: Baguio City PIO Neil Clark Ongchangco

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 1 in every 20 Americans use electronic cigarettes or vapes – with many being middle and high school students. There has been an uptick in e-cigarette use over the years, as some adults have turned to the products to quit smoking and many adolescents are attracted to fun flavors and advertisements.

Although doctors and researchers sympathize with smokers wanting to quit smoking, scientists are discovering that vaping might not be a healthier alternative to smoking, especially in adolescents. E-cigarette products have recently been linked to a new, serious lung condition known as E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use-associated Lung Injury, or EVALI, which primarily affects youth and young adults. In 2019, the illness was declared an epidemic by the CDC. READ MORE


Local health professionals have jumped on board the call for urgent action to protect current and future generations from becoming dependent on harmful e-cigarettes.

Last year the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released a comprehensive evidence review, which concluded that e-cigarette aerosol is harmful to health and that people who use e-cigarettes are highly likely to go on to smoke.

Yarrawonga Medical Clinic Dr Clyde Ronan weighed in on the issue as further surveys and reviews are conducted on the harm of e-cigarettes especially on younger people. READ MORE
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