Philippines' DTI Studying Proposal to Ban Disposable E-cigarette Products

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Philippines' DTI Studying Proposal to Ban Disposable E-cigarette Products
Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) considers Department of Health (DOH) proposal to ban disposable e-cigarette products.

According to a report from Malaya on March 15, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the Philippines is studying a proposal from the Department of Health (DOH) to ban disposable e-cigarette products. Assistant Secretary Amanda Nograles of the DTI emphasized the importance of testing e-cigarette devices.


We are currently studying this proposal at the Ministry of Commerce. Our main concern is consumer protection. The issue with disposable e-cigarettes is that the device itself contains both the actual product (e-liquid), as well as the actual device and consumable items. How do we test the effectiveness of pods? How do we determine if the device is safe? Further research is needed due to the different handling of e-cigarette devices, consumables, and the actual e-cigarette system.


According to the E-Cigarette Act coming into effect in December 2023, all e-cigarette products must undergo mandatory certification starting from this June. By January next year, all e-cigarettes on the market without certification from the Philippines' Product Standards Authority or without clear customs marks for imported goods will be confiscated.


Nograles stated that the Department of Trade and Industry is preparing e-cigarette testing facilities and has applied for a budget of approximately 160 million pesos (2.88 million USD) for this purpose.


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