Philippines pushes for strict e-cigarette regulations
MANILA – The House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines is prepare move forward with a proposed historic bill that would regulate the sale and manufacture of electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products to reduce cigarette consumption.
154 co-authors in the 300-person chamber for the House would develop the Vaporized Nicotine Products Bill which aims to establish a clear and effective regulatory framework to monitor product manufacturing standards and prevent sales to minors .
According to English speakers Standard Manila, the legislation further regulates these products to avoid “unintended or potential adverse consequences on the use of these products”.
“Although the country is already experiencing a proliferation of the sale and use of HTP and vaping products among Filipino consumers, we do not have clear and effective laws and regulations, including product standards that should govern these products, ”said Representative Sharon Garin, representing Quezon City, is the main sponsor of the bill in the House. “So, with the passage of this bill, we are closing this regulatory gap.
Garbin argued that more than 75 other countries around the world have passed laws regulating the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products. This metric also includes the United States, London, New Zealand, Australia (more aggressively), Canada, and others.
The number of countries that have revoked the ban on e-cigarettes also declined in 2020, Garbin citing that Norway is the latest country to reverse its ban policy.
“The governments of Canada and New Zealand have now also recognized the potential benefits smokers can derive from switching to vaping,” Garbin said.
“Their decision to adopt such policies is based on decades of research on the subject of nicotine, e-cigarettes, tobacco and harm reduction.”
the Standard also said the bill had been “extensively debated and debated by experts, scientists and other stakeholders in joint hearings conducted by the Chamber’s trade and industry and health committees” .