Vape Bill ‘strengthens’ flavor ban on e-cigarettes

The conference’s bicameral committee report on the Vape Bill will ban the sale of e-cigarettes with flavor descriptors that “appeal to young people.”

The committee said this is in addition to the flavor ban that is being implemented.

The Vape Bill combines House Bill 9007 and Senate Bill 2239, which are acts that regulate the importation, manufacture, sale, packaging, distribution, use and the communication of vapor, heated tobacco, novel tobacco products and electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems. .

The bill strengthens the ban on selling e-cigarettes with flavors other than menthol and tobacco.

House Committee Chair for Economic Affairs Representative Sharon Garin, a member of the Vape Bill’s bicameral House panel, said passing the bill strengthens laws that regulate “sinful” products.

“With the passage of the Vape Bill, we consolidate the provisions of RA (Republic Act) 11467 and Executive Order (EO) 106 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte and, in particular, prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes with flavors other than than menthol and tobacco,” Garin said.

Nueva Ecija First District Representative Estrellita Suansing, one of the authors of the vaping bill in the House of Representatives, said the 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,” said Suansing, who is also a health advocate.

House Vice President Rodante Marcoleta said that of the bill’s 30 provisions, half relate to prohibition, especially for minors.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 106 in February 2020 to regulate vaping products. The majority of the provisions of the ordinance are inspired by the regulations on cigarette products.

Garin said there was a need for a comprehensive and special law to regulate vapor products similar to cigarettes.

“We made sure that all aspects of the regulation of these products were included in the bill, including the manufacture, import, sale, distribution, use and advertising. We have nothing overlooked and even included the provisions of President-issued EO 106. Most importantly, we made sure this bill has teeth for enforcement by including stiff penalties for violators – something we don’t. don’t currently have under RA 11467 and EO 106,” Garin said.

The Vape Bill reinforces limitations under EO 106 by restricting the use of vapor products in churches and government facilities, in addition to banning the sale of high nicotine e-cigarettes (more than 65 milligrams/milliliters). It also prohibits the use of things that appeal to minors in advertising.

“I don’t understand the misinformation being spread by some sectors that this bill overrides the ban on the use of flavors appealing to minors and other restrictions under EO 106. This is fake news. With the exception of the age requirement, the Vape Bill DOES NOT REPEAL the provisions of RA 11467 and EO 106. It actually strengthens it,” Garin said.

Both the House and Senate passed the vaping bill with strong member support. A total of 195 House lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, while 19 senators approved it.

In addition to regulating the sale and use of vaping products, the Vaping Act will provide a new source of revenue for public coffers in support of the Universal Health Care program.

The bill will also include the Philippines in the list of countries that recognize tobacco harm reduction as a public health strategy.

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