Health officials in the Philippines have been urged to endorse e-cigarettes amid the country’s attempts to control tobacco on the basis of Public Health England’s most recent findings.

Recently, Public Health England urged hospitals to distribute e-cigarettes along with other smoking cessations to help smokers kick their habits.

The most recent report comes years after the original research where Public Health England said that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than regular tobacco cigarettes.

A Philippine vaping group believe that Public Health England’s latest report back up their opinion that e-cigarettes are healthier than regular cigarettes, and called for health officials and lawmakers to “listen to the experts” and endorse vaping.

“[It’s] time for the Department of Health to look into this report so they can recommend e-cigarettes and heated-tobacco products to smokers who want to quit,” said Tom Pinlac, head of The Vapers Philippines.

It’s been reported that around 87,000 Filipinos die every year from smoking-related illnesses, with an estimated 17 million that could benefit from vaping, that’s according to Edward Gatchalian, an e-juice manufacturer.

“This is a clear message embodied in the PHE report,” said Gatchalian.