WITH a vote of 19-2-2, the Senate on Thursday authorised on third and remaining studying Senate Invoice (SB) 2239 or the Vaporized Nicotine Product measure that
goals to control the importation, manufacture, sale, packaging, distribution, use and consumption of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco merchandise (HTPs).
Senate President Professional Tempore Ralph Recto, sponsor of the invoice, stated, “It’s good public coverage for folks smoking to shift to those varieties [vaporized nicotine] of merchandise.
“There will probably be much less loss of life and fewer expense on the a part of society in treating sufferers. And that’s the course the place many nations, extra developed economies are transferring towards.”
Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara defined his vote on SB 2239 saying: “I’m voting for the measure within the hope that the habit, referred to as cigarette smoking, will probably be mitigated by a swap to vaporized or vaping merchandise…and there may be anecdotal proof to that impact, for a lot of private colleagues.
“I share the hope of our Minority Chief [Franklin Drilon] that we are able to eradicate the habit of cigarette smoking within the hope that there’s a higher future for cigarette people who smoke and non-cigarette people who smoke on the market. That is why I voted for this invoice,” Angara stated.
Sen. Emmanuel “Joel” Villanueva who additionally voted in favor of the measure, nevertheless, stated his affirmative vote has a really robust reservation. “My place has not modified. I nonetheless do not assist flavored vaping,”
Underneath SB 2239, vaporized nicotine merchandise (VNP) or “vapes” should not allowed to be offered to minors.
The authorised measure likewise offers that retailers or distributors each for bodily or on-line shops are required to be registered with the Division of Commerce and Business (DTI) and the Securities and Trade Fee.
For sellers, the DTI is remitted to set product requirements, which needs to be met inside a restricted time frame, based on the invoice.
The measure additionally bans the sale and distribution of VNPs inside 100 meters from “any level of the perimeter of” a college, playground, or different services frequented notably by minors.
The invoice additionally states that institutions providing, promoting, or distributing VNPs to bear a “point-of-sale signage which states that sale to or by individuals beneath 18 years previous is illegitimate.”
Additional, the measure prohibits celebrities or social media influencers from being featured in such commercials and different types of client communication.
These commercials, the invoice stated, mustn’t “comprise an endorsement, implied or expressed, by a celeb or social media influencer.”