Seeing through the Smoke

This microsite will carry stories, reports and commentaries that VERA Files hopes will contribute to the discourse on so-called novel products. These are electronic nicotine delivery systems, electronic non-nicotine delivery systems and heated tobacco products that are being peddled to the youth as less harmful alternatives to traditional cigarettes.

Health experts say electronic cigarettes and vapes are not a proven nicotine replacement therapy and they can cause nicotine addiction and poisoning. The tobacco industry, meanwhile, continues to offer its own evidence that novel smoke-free products are safer than regular cigarettes.

By presenting expert opinions and facts alongside falsehoods, VERA Files aims to let readers see through the smoke.

(This Project is supported by a grant from the International Union of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) on behalf of STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog.)

Govt plumps for tobacco tax money over public health

Between tobacco tax and public health, the government's choice is clear — money.

VERA FILES FACT SHEET: The PH gov’t stance on tobacco industry, novel products

Tensions ran high between the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) during the ninth session of the Conference of the…

DOH, DFA at loggerheads on tobacco issue in global health meet

As one of the 10 co-heads of the Philippine delegation in the ongoing virtual Conference of the Parties 9 (COP9) of the World Health Organization…

Philippine government promotes tobacco industry interests at global health forum; civil society outraged

Civil society groups consider the position taken by the Philippine delegation at the COP9 as a betrayal.

Takure vs Palayok: Sino ba talaga ang maitim?

Magkaiba ang pananaw ng dalawang sangay ng gobyerno sa usapin ng pagtanggap ng ayuda galing sa ibang bansa. Panoorin:

Pot calling the kettle black

Two branches of government don't see eye to eye on the issue of foreign funding.

Unsay ipasabot alang sa kabataan kong ubsan ang gidid-an nga edad sa paggamit og e-cigarette

Sa Senate Bill 2239, gihatag ngadto sa mga retailer ang katungdanan sa pagpamatuod sa edad sa mopalitay, nga pwede pangitaan og valid ID card nga…

Easy to start, hard to quit: former and current smokers share their stories

What attracts young people to smoking and how do they get hooked into it? How do they get out of it? VERA Files spoke to four current and former…

Three govt agencies put pressure on Congress to scrap bill on vapes, e-cigarettes

The Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) joined medical practitioners and youth leaders…