They present a complaint against the coordinator of the National Commission for Tobacco Control of the Minsa


In the explanatory memorandum, Hitler Cigarruista maintains that Dr. Roa, in the interview, gave false statements in relation to information on reduced-risk tobacco consumption products

They present a complaint against the coordinator of the National Commission for Tobacco Control of the Minsa

Electronic systems for smokers. Photo: Illustrative

The president of the Association of Smokers and Family Members for a Smoke-Free Panama, Hitler Cigarruista, filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office, calling for an investigation to be launched against Dr. Reina Roa, coordinator of the National Tobacco Control Commission of the Ministry of Health, for giving false statements during an interview in a media outlet.
In the explanatory memorandum, Cigarruista maintains that Dr. Roa, in the interview, gave false statements in relation to information on reduced-risk tobacco products, stating that “there is no evidence to indicate that these products generate less harm to health than the conventional tobacco product.
According to the president of the Association of Smokers and Family Members for a Smoke-Free Panama, the MINSA official “is not acting with full knowledge of the matters submitted for her consideration, and is even making a false statement and therefore is not inspiring trust in the community within their public function. She, more importantly, is not avoiding actions that could jeopardize the purpose of the public function”.
These statements, Cigarruista explains in his complaint, were public and made in the exercise of his functions, therefore, they violate the administrative regulations that cover and guarantee the behavior and actions of the public servant, mainly those regulations contained in Executive Decree No. 246 of December 15, 2004, “By which the Uniform Code of Ethics of Public Servants who work in Central Government entities is dictated.”
It maintains that Roa’s statements are wrong, since not only is there scientific evidence indicating that these products cause less harm to health than conventional tobacco products, but the official is fully aware of this evidence, all Once on March 30, the association sent him a document in which a document called Statement of Motives for a Policy to Reduce Harm due to Smoking was shared, where a series of concepts about the aforementioned policy are developed, including those related electronic nicotine delivery systems.
Dr. Roa even acknowledged receipt of this note where she replied that the information would be forwarded to the National Commission for Tobacco Control as well as to the Technical Secretariat of the National Tobacco-Free Health Council.
Cigarruista assures that Roa’s action is an attack “against the health and life of Panamanian smokers”, since they cannot stop smoking by curtailing “the right to access information that could reduce the risk of suffering from diseases caused by smoke of tobacco. In addition, “it condemns those people who are unable to overcome cigarette addiction to continue smoking combustible cigarettes”, when there is proven scientific evidence that replacing combustible cigarettes with electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products represents a significant reduction in the harm of smoking. tobacco smoke and the risks of suffering diseases caused by smoking.

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