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  • DOH to step up campaign vs e-cigarettes amid TRO

    The Department of Health (DOH) will continue to campaign and raise public awareness on the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes or vape and heated tobacco products. Secretary Francisco Duque III said that all public and private hospitals as well as health professionals would start recording the history of tobacco and e-cigarette use among patients, especially those with respiratory illnesses. All acutely ill patients who have used e-cigarettes in the last 90 days, with other plausible causes for illness, will be recorded as cases of vaping-related disease. Sec. Duque also said the data to be gathered from the hospitals would be used for future policy directions for electronic gadgets.

  • PH asks Japan: Cut tariff on banana export to zero

    During a bilateral meeting, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar has appealed again to Japan’s Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Shinya Fujiki to cut its tariff on Philippine bananas to 0% as the former seeks to maintain its market share in the heavily contested Japanese market for banana. Banana industry stakeholders like the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) have been lobbying for the reduction of Japan’s tariff so that Philippine bananas could keep its ground against other exporters which enter Tokyo at lower duties.

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