E-Cigs are not safe as peddled by the tobacco industry

Vaping or E-Cigarettes is not safe as peddled by the tobacco industry. The seemingly “harmless water vapor” is in fact more than deadly that tobacco for it contains, not only nicotine, but around 66 different chemicals. 

Hidden beneath e-cigs enticing hundreds of flavors is a cocktail of chemicals as shared by a pool of experts gathered by Probe Media Foundation, Inc. for the media forum, entitled: Mga Nagbabagang Kwento: Reporting on E-Cigarettes and Novel Products.

“Tobacco is the only legal substance that when used will surely kill you,” highlighted Dr. Rizalina RH Gonzalez, one of the medical expert who offered a talk on the topic: “E-Cigarettes are they really SafeR?”. 

Dr. Gonzalez emphasized that the ‘adolescent brain is uniquely susceptible to nicotine addiction’ on her her talk on the topic: 

The national media forum and workshop was organized by PMFI with the support by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. It was held last November 13, 2019 at the Novotel Araneta Center in Quezon City, Manila and it was attended by media persons, writers, bloggers, and PMFI Fellowship Alumni from the different regions in the country.

“Nicotine exposure during adolescent period, in particular, has long standing effects in the brain, including cell damage that leads to both immediate and persistent behavior changes,” underscored Dr. Gonzalez who is a member of the Philippine Pediatric Society Tobacco Control Advocacy Group and the American Academy of Pediatrics – Section on Tobacco Control. 

Dr. Gonzalez have shared the following patterns of lung injury associated with vaping: acute eosinophilic pneumonia, lipoid pneumonia, acute lang injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute and sub-acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis, organizing pneumonia, acute eosinophilic pneumonia, diffuse alveolar hemorrhage, respiratory bronchiolitis-associated pnuemonitis.

The forum Mga Nagbabagang Kwento: Reporting on E-Cigarettes and Novel Products is this year’s introduction for the roll out of  PMFI’s “Saving Lives Through Stories Media Training and Fellowship Program”. 

Interested participants to the fellowship can apply through this link: http://bit.ly/PMFI-Nagbabagang4 or you can visit the following sites in order to know more about it: www.probefound.compmfi@probefound.com or e-mail to: probemediafoundation@gmail.com

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