The bicameral convention committee’s report on consolidated House Bill 9007 and Senate Bill 2239, also referred to as the Vape Bill, will ban the sale of e-cigarettes with taste descriptors that attraction to the youth.
This was revealed by Rep. Sharon Garin, House Committee Chairperson for Economic Affairs and a member of the Vape Bill home bicam panel, to members of the media.
“With the passage of the Vape Bill, we are solidifying the provisions of RA 11467 and Executive Order 106 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte and in particular banning the sale of e-cigarettes with flavors other than menthol and tobacco. Under the Vape Bill, we added another ban, which is prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes with flavor descriptors that appeal to the youth. This is in addition to the flavor ban that exists today”, she mentioned.
Nueva Ecija 1st District Rep. Estrellita Suansing, a long-time well being advocate and one of many authors of the Vape invoice within the House of Representatives, mentioned lawmakers are cognizant of the considerations associated to flavors after they drafted the invoice.
“The Vape Bill is very restrictive when it comes to flavors. We understand that flavors should not be used to target minors and non-smokers. The goal has always been to reach adult Filipino smokers and convince them to use these products instead of cigarettes,” she mentioned.
House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta pressured that the Vape Bill has very strict safeguards for youth safety.
“Out of the 30 provisions of the entire bill, half of it is for prohibition, especially (for) minors who should not be given access to these products,” he mentioned.
Back in February 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order 106 to supply regulation for vapor merchandise together with banning the sale of e-cigarattes that makes use of flavors which are interesting to the youth. Most of the provisions of the mentioned order have been patterned with the regulation for cigarette merchandise.
“We need a comprehensive and special law to regulate vapor products similar to the ones we have for cigarette products. We made sure that every aspect of regulation for these products were included in the bill including the manufacture, importation, sale, distribution, use and advertising. We did not leave any stone unturned and even included the provisions under EO 106 issued by the President. More importantly, we made sure that this bill has teeth for enforcement by including severe penalties for violators thereof – something that we don’t have at present under RA 11467 and EO 106”, Rep. Garin additional famous. w Once enacted, the Vape Bill will consolidate and additional solidify the provisions of RA 11467 and EO 106 to supply extra tooth to those present guidelines. Aside from banning the sale of excessive nicotine e-cigarettes (above 65mg/ml), the Vape Bill additional expands the restrictions underneath EO 106 by prohibiting the usage of vapor merchandise in church buildings and authorities buildings. It additionally bans the usage of promoting supplies which are enticing to minors.
“I don’t understand the misinformation being spread by some sectors that this bill overturns the ban on the use of flavors that appeal to minors and other restrictions under EO 106. This is fake news. Except for the age requirement, the Vape Bill DOES NOT REPEAL the provisions of RA 11467 and EO 106. It actually strengthens it”, Congresswoman Sharon Garin emphasised.
Under the Vape Bill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will proceed to have unique jurisdiction and regulate vapor merchandise with well being claims whereas the Department of Trade and Industry will regulate vapor merchandise with out well being claims. The FDA can even participate within the drafting of the implementing guidelines and rules in addition to the product requirements for vapor merchandise.
“The Vape Bill does not repeal or take away the jurisdiction of the FDA to regulate vapor products with health claims. It merely provided clarity and delineation that for vapor products without health claims, it will be the DTI who will be the regulatory body”, Congresswoman Sharon Garin commented.
The Vape Bill was authorized by the House and Senate with an amazing help from its members. In the House, 195 members voted to help the invoice whereas 19 senators voted sure for its approval. According to a latest survey by ACORN Marketing and Research, which is the most important impartial Asian Research community, 94% of Filipino people who smoke agree that the federal government ought to enact insurance policies to encourage grownup people who smoke to change to much less dangerous tobacco alternate options.
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