House passes bill limiting vapes, e-cigs to…

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Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) – Might 28, 2021 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The invoice regulating the sale and use of e-cigarettes and vapes within the nation was handed by the Home of Representatives final Tuesday.

By a vote of 192-34 with 4 abstentions on the plenary, Home Invoice 9007 that seeks to limit entry to digital nicotine supply system (ENDS) merchandise solely to people who smoke aged 18 and above was accredited on third and ultimate studying.

Proponents of the proposed “Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act” defined that the measure goals to place in place hurt discount measures within the curiosity of public well being by making certain that non-combustible alternate options to cigarettes are correctly regulated.

Deputy Speaker for commerce and business Wes Gatchalian, who earlier presided over the committee hearings on the invoice, stated the measure would assist curb the proliferation of an unlawful business promoting ENDS merchandise to minors.

“We would like to emphasize that this bill will serve to regulate, and not ban, the sale of these products,” the Valenzuela congressman careworn.

He defined that because the merchandise come within the type of digital gadgets, they are going to be regulated by the Division of Commerce and Business (DTI) to guard shoppers.

Additionally, the accredited invoice transfers the regulatory authority on e-cigarettes and vapes from the Meals and Drug Administration to the DTI since these are usually not well being merchandise.

“Manufacturers of electrical devices intended to be used in combination with ENDS/ENNDS shall ensure that the devices they produce will comply with the applicable electrical safety standards set by the Bureau of Product Standards of the DTI,” he added.

Beneath the measure, retailers are required to confirm the age of all consumers by requiring the presentation of any legitimate government-issued identification card exhibiting the customer’s {photograph} and age or date of beginning.

The measure additionally prohibits sale of vapes and e-cigarettes inside 100 meters from a college, playground or different facility frequented by minors and bans use of those merchandise thought-about as “harm reduction” different for flamable cigarettes in all enclosed public locations – besides in designated vaping areas.

HB 9007, which had undergone over one yr of heated debates in committee hearings, seeks to permit particular flavors of ENDS out there, significantly “plain fruit flavors, nuts, coffee, tea, vanilla, caramel, tobacco, menthol and mint.”

The invoice additionally permits the sale of vapes and e-cigarettes on-line, supplied that the web site will prohibit entry to these under 18 years previous and show signages required by the proposal.

It additionally permits commercial of vapes and e-cigarettes in retail institutions, by direct advertising and marketing and on the web, supplied that the advertisements don’t goal minors, non-smokers or those that had give up smoking.

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