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Garin warns public vs use of vape, says its deadly

June 2, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 172 views

HOUSE Deputy Majority Leader and former health secretary Janette Garin warned the public against use of vape, saying that long-term use can lead to death.

Garin made the statement following the Department of Health’s (DOH) report about the first vape-related death of the 22-year old male.

According to DOH, the 22-year old died of heart attack following a severe lung injury. He has been using vape daily for two years.

“This should serve as an eye opener to the public, especially to the youth. Using of vape have its harmful effects and can be deadly,” Garin, a doctor, said.

“It is alarming. We have seen reports that children ages 13 years old are already using e-cigarette and vapes,” the lawmaker added.

The Iloilo First District Representative pointed out that vaping is not an alternative to smoking cigarettes and such is not safer to use, adding that vape users may have a medical condition called e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury or EVALI.

EVALI is a serious medical condition in which a person’s lungs become damaged from substances contained in e-cigarettes and vaping products, according to Yale Medicine.

Meanwhile, Global Youth Tobacco Survey revealed that approximately one out seven youth, with age range 13 to 15, are already using vape.

“Our youth is being lured to nicotine addiction, especially with the different flavors of the said electronic device and some of them are unaware of its contents,” Garin stressed.