Consultation on Philippines' New E-Cigarette Law Implementation

Consultation on Philippines' New E-Cigarette Law Implementation
The Philippines' DTI begins public consultations on new e-cigarette regulations, including lowering the age limit to 18.

On October 24th, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the Philippines began soliciting public feedback on the development of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the country’s new electronic cigarette law.

Ruth Castelo, the deputy minister of the Department of Trade and Industry, said that "private stakeholders who are interested in the establishment of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) are included and we will consider all comments sent.

The Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act in Philippines governs the importation, manufacturing, sale, distribution, and use of electronic cigarettes. Additionally, it lowers the age requirement for e-cigarette use from 21 to 18, among other measures.

After the transfer of e-cigarette regulation to the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Trade and Industry's task is to develop the implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

The proposal was submitted to the Presidential Palace on June 24, just a few days before the then-president Rodrigo Duterte stepped down. Due to the administrative department's failure to take action within 30 days, the proposed legislation expired in July.


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