FDA chief shows bias for attending anti-vaping event—consumer group


Is the FDA chief exhibiting bias? A shopper group thinks so.

MANILA, Philippines — Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Rolando Domingo confirmed his bias in opposition to e-cigarettes and heated tobacco merchandise when he participated in an anti-vaping occasion and known as on the Senate to rethink the approval of the proposed Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act, in line with shopper teams.

Anton Israel, president of the Nicotine Consumers Union of the Philippines (NCUP), stated Domingo’s motion was suspicious, contemplating that he confirmed in a current congressional listening to that the FDA obtained 1000’s of {dollars} from charities funded by anti-vaping US billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

Domingo additionally described the organizers of the anti-vaping occasion as “our friends,” months after he assured the House of Representatives that the regulatory company could be truthful and goal in regulating e-cigarettes and heated tobacco merchandise within the nation.  “Mga kaibigan natin ito. Tulung-tulong sa trabaho,” Domingo was quoted as saying.

“This has solidified our suspicion that the FDA is biased against vaping.  How could it objectively regulate e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products in the Philippines when Director-General Domingo has made known his position against these less harmful products which have succeeded in switching smokers away from cigarettes in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Canada and New Zealand?” stated Israel.

The FDA is in control of issuing the implementing guidelines and rules of a number of legal guidelines that enable using vapor merchandise and HTPs that are thought-about much less dangerous options to conventional cigarettes, however the company’s function was questioned by a number of congressmen who revealed that the FDA obtained 1000’s of {dollars} from charities funded by The Union, which is supported by Bloomberg Initiative.

Domingo, who attended the digital anti-vaping occasion on September 14, 2021, was additionally criticized for calling on the senators to rethink their place on Senate Bill No. 2239 or the proposed Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act, saying “the proliferation of novel and emerging tobacco products, such as electronic-nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems, and the heated tobacco products in the Philippine market present health risks to the general public.”

Israel reminded Domingo that tobacco hurt discount, along with human proper to well being, is the fourth pillar of the World Health Organization-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.  “As a regulatory agency, the FDA should regulate new products based on existing laws, and not restrict them.  These less harmful products are supposed to provide 16 million Filipino smokers better options, so that they have a choice,” Israel stated.

“The last thing our public health needed is an FDA that has shown its bias against vaping, which no less than the Public Health England found to be at least 95-percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes.  We should also remember that the FDA admitted having received money from The Union, a foreign non-government organization funded by Bloomberg Initiative,” stated Israel.

Israel additionally cited a Public Health England (PHE) unbiased report exhibiting that vaping is simpler than nicotine substitute remedy (NRT) in serving to individuals give up smoking.

The shopper advocate additionally questioned why Domingo served as useful resource individuals within the digital occasion organized by well-funded teams on September 14, 2021.

He stated Domingo’s participation within the occasion was doubtful, coming after the House of Representatives concluded an investigation to find out whether or not the FDA issued particular and pre-defined insurance policies on e-cigarettes and HTPs in trade for cash from The Union, which is funded by the anti-tobacco group Bloomberg Initiative.

During one of many current congressional hearings, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Party List Representative Jericho Nograles revealed that a number of authorities businesses, together with the FDA, Department of Health (DOH), Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Metro Manila Development Authority, have obtained a complete of US$2.5M from The Union since 2009.

Domingo additionally informed congressmen in a House listening to that the regulatory company in 2016 utilized for and obtained a grant of $150,430 from The Union primarily to rent “job order” staff who would draft the tobacco management insurance policies of the company.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez stated in one of many congressional hearings that underneath Republic Act No. 6713, it’s prohibited for public officers and staff to solicit or settle for, instantly or not directly, any reward, gratuity, favor, leisure, mortgage or something of financial worth from any individual in the middle of their official duties or in reference to any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which can be affected by the capabilities of their workplace.

Research by the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates confirmed and substantiated the expose by Filipino congressmen that international foundations financially supported by US billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates are actively interfering in public well being insurance policies of Asia-Pacific international locations, together with the Philippines.

The similar examine revealed that Bloomberg, by means of his numerous philanthropic organizations, has supplied grants amounting to thousands and thousands of {dollars} to a number of authorities businesses, influence-peddling non-government organizations and foyer teams to push Bloomberg’s anti-vaping advocacy.

In May 2021, the House of Representatives within the Philippines authorised House Bill No. 9007 – or the proposed “Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act” which goals to control the manufacture, sale, and use of much less dangerous options to cigarettes — equivalent to vapes and heated tobacco merchandise (HTPs).

The invoice — which was co-authored by 154 representatives — seeks to mirror a public well being technique based mostly on the precept of tobacco hurt discount. The invoice additionally goals to fill gaps within the regulation of vapes and HTPs, which have been gaining recognition amongst Filipino shoppers.


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