New Law Lowers Age Limit for E-Cigarette and Heat-Not-Burn Product Purchases in the Philippines

Philippines passes law lowering age limit for e-cigarette and heated tobacco purchases to 18 and lifting flavor restrictions.

According to reports, a bill that lowers the legal age for purchasing electronic and heated tobacco products has recently become a law in the Philippines.

The bill transfers the regulatory authority for e-cigarettes from the Food and Drug Administration to the Department of Commerce and Industry. Additionally, the age limit for purchasing e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products has been lowered from 21 to 18 years old. The bill also eliminates restrictions on two flavors of related products and allows tobacco companies to conduct activities related to corporate social responsibility.

Currently, anti-e-cigarette advocates in the Philippines are stating their intention to challenge the new legislation in court.

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