“We warn smokers that smoking is the main cause of oral cancer and strongly recommend that they quit smoking. For those who are unable or unwilling to quit smoking on their own, I hope they will switch to non-burning tobacco, such as vapes.” Dean Fernando Fernandez recently spoke at a scientific forum on tobacco harm reduction.
Fernando is not only the dean of the Philippine College of Oral Surgery, but also the former chairman of the Philippine Dental Association. He has been encouraging smokers to switch to cigarettes in a safer way, citing research by the British Public Health and the British Parliament Science and Technology: “Different from cigarettes, research shows that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than combustible cigarettes. E-cigarettes heat and evaporate liquids at lower temperatures, and do not burn organic matter, so they do not release toxic substances produced during combustion or combustion.