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Dr. Andrew Da Roza

Master’s degree in counseling from Monash University in Australia, addiction psychotherapist and lawyer

“New technologies give public health policy a unique opportunity to eliminate cigarettes in a single generation. I truly believe that. We can have a smoke-free world if we use these heat-not-burn products and if we use these e-cigarette products,”

“They [World Health Organization) are saying if you are a country that cannot produce regulation and cannot enforce regulation, you must ban. That, to me, is a contradiction. A country cannot regulate perfectly, but the last thing it should do is ban because the black market will proliferate. This is an issue that is extremely important to children.  If we ban things, if we do not regulate things, we create a black market that does not care about children, that does not care about elderly people, that does not care about us at all,”
“If you ban them, there will simply be a black market. When the United States banned alcohol in the 1900s, that did not work out,”

“Any regulation that slows down the developments in science means the people of the Philippines will not benefit from safer products. The government, in my humble opinion, should be investing in research on e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn products,”

“NRTs vs. e-cigarettes show that e-cigarettes are twice as effective as NRTs. This really understates the value. That huge difference is rarely seen in sales of cigarettes,”

E-cigarettes are a net benefit to public health. They should not attract sin tax. It is quite the reverse. They should attract government subsidy because they are net benefit to public health.”