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From February 2022, subscribers can view and filter individual regulatory alerts per region. If you want to get our monthly compilations, visit our alerts round-up section.

16th September 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Member of the House of Representatives Joey Salceda is seeking stricter enforcement of the Vaping Regulation Law. He says that in practice vape products are being wrongfully categorised on some online platforms as “toys” or “electronics”, therefore avoiding paying a tax of PHP47 ($0.82) per ml. Salceda also urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue to draft regulations to fight counterfeits and ensure taxes are being imposed on those products.
11th August 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is finalising the draft implementing RA 11900, further regulating vaping products, media reports. The DTI, which is to set technical standards for product safety, consistency and quality, will start a consultation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and proceed with a public consultation with industry, retailers and users.
10th August 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Bureau of Internal Revenue has published the full text of Republic Act 11900, which will regulate the importation, manufacture, sale, packaging, distribution and use of vaping products. The act will come into force 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two general circulation newspapers, which to the best of our knowledge has not yet happened.

26th July 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Bureau of Internal Revenue has published an updated list of registered manufacturers and importers of vapour products. According to the authority, any product not included in the list and that does not comply with regulations, such as the health warning requirements, is considered unauthorised.

26th July 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Bill (Vape Bill), which introduces further regulation of vaping and heated tobacco products, has lapsed into law after president Bongbong Marcos took no action on it. Among the new provisions is the lowering of the minimum purchasing and sale age to 18. The Department of Trade and Industry becomes the authority to set technical standards. The President’s Office is yet to release a copy of the law.

22nd July 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: In response to a request from the president’s office for comments and recommendations on the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Bill (Vape Bill), several government agencies, including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), have expressed their support for the bill, press reports. In parallel, the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health (DOH) requested to veto it. The bill will lapse into law on 24th July if the president does not act on it.
12th July 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Presidential Office has confirmed to ECigIntelligence that it received the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Bill, which will further regulate vaping products, on 24th June, six days before president Bongbong Marcos took office. If the president does not act on a bill submitted by Congress, it lapses into law after 30 days of receipt.

6th July 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: Presidential spokesperson Trixie Cruz-Angeles has told reporters that the new president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, has given no indication of whether or not he supports the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Bill, which would change regulations on vaping products. Bills approved by the former Congress lapse into law if the president fails to act on it within 30 days of receiving it. The presidential office has not confirmed to ECigIntelligence when the bill was received.

29th June 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: After campaigning in a televised briefing against the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Bill, the Department of Health has issued a statement urging president Rodrigo Duterte to veto the bill, which it says would hand its power over all aspects of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco to the Department of Trade and Industry. The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives in January but has not yet been sent to the president’s office.

27th June 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Department of Health has asked charities, clubs and community organisations in a televised briefing to help it campaign against the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Bill, which will change regulations on vaping and heated tobacco products. The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives in January but has not yet been sent to the president’s office.

14th June 2022 - Asia, Philippines |

Philippines: The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling recognising the regulatory authority of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over tobacco products. The Philippine Tobacco Institute had argued that tobacco regulation should be in the hands of the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-Tobacco). The FDA and DOH are the current regulatory authorities for heated tobacco and e-cigarettes.

9th June 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Following the call from medical groups for president Rodrigo Duterte to veto the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation bill, health secretary Francisco Duque III said that the end goal is that the bill will not be enacted into law. “We will just have to wait what happens next, but I doubt that the President will even sign that bill,” he said in a forum held yesterday (8th June). The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives in January but has not yet been sent to the president's office.
8th June 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Several medical groups renewed their call for president Rodrigo Duterte to veto the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Bill, press reports. The bill was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives in January and, as of 8th June 2022, has not yet reached the president’s office, according to the information provided to ECigIntelligence by a spokesperson for the president. Duterte’s term ends on 30th June.
11th May 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The first set of graphic health warning templates for electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco enters into force today. The templates are valid for a period of two years.
10th May 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: Candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is on the cusp of winning the presidential election, has previously opposed tobacco taxes, claiming they would slow down activities for producers, manufacturers and sellers. His sister, senator Imee Marcos, also opposed taxing e-cigs and heated tobacco in 2019. Official vote counting started today and is expected to go on for a few days, despite already showing Marcos with a commanding vote margin.
2nd May 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The Department of Health (DOH) reiterated its call for president Rodrigo Duterte to veto the proposed Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulations Act, press report. According to the authority, the approval of the bill is contrary to the president's position to protect the public from the effects of smoking and goes against the already existing laws. The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives in January and is now waiting for the president’s signature.
18th March 2022 - Asia, Philippines |
Philippines: The Department of Education has backed the Department of Health in appealing to president Rodrigo Duterte to veto the proposed Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act. According to the department, the bill weakens the existing laws on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco, especially when lowering the restriction age from 21 to 18. The bill was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives in January and is now waiting for the president’s signature.