(NOVEMBER 15, 2019) – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday announced the first case of vape-related lung injury in the country, reported by a private pulmonologist in the Visayas.
The DOH said the patient, a 16-year-old female adolescent who had been using e-cigarettes for six months while also smoking cigarettes, was admitted last October 21 and complained of severe shortness of breath.
Initially, it was considered to be infectious in nature, although further tests showed the case met the criteria for e-cigarette- and vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) based on guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
“No e-cigarette product should be accessible to young children and adolescents, who are uniquely susceptible to the harms of e-cigarettes and nicotine. I urge non-users not to even try e-cigarettes at all,” Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo said.
The DOH advised the public to seek their doctors’ help in quitting vaping products, which it described as “harmful.”
E-cigarettes are handheld, battery-powered vaporizers that simulates smoking, but without burning tobacco. It is considered by many as an alternative to cigarette smoking.