The Philippines No Longer Bans E-cigarettes
E-cigarettes were seriously misunderstood in the Philippines last year but were finally treat rationally on February 28th this year. Last year, when a related case of lung injury occurred in the Philippines, it was mistakenly thought that it was caused by e-cigarettes. The government’s attitude towards e-cigarettes was very severe.
On November 19th last year, Philippine President Duterte made a very severe speech on e-cigarettes, saying that the use and import of e-cigarettes will be banned and anyone who uses e-cigarettes will be arrested.
‘I want to ban it, including use and import. Do you know why? Because it is toxic, the government has the right to take measures to protect public health and public benefit,’ Duterte said. Just hours after Philippine President Duterte announced to ban the use of e-cigarettes on November 20th, 2019, the Philippine police received an order to begin arresting those who used e-cigarettes in public.
After this storm, in the new year of 2020, we finally hear about good news!
On February 28th, 2020, the Philippine Presidential Palace issued an executive order which’s signed by President Duterte, amending the national smoking ban order issued in 2017 and including e-cigarettes in the control.
Although e-cigarettes are included in the control, the executive order stipulates that companies involved in the manufacture or sale of e-cigarettes can do business after registering with the Philippine Food and Drug Administration and obtaining a license. In the process of business, enterprises must comply with Related standards of Philippine government regulations. This executive order marks the beginning of the standardized development of e-cigarettes in the Philippines! The Philippines’ government will not treat e-cigarettes simply, rude or in a one-size-fits-all way. The Philippine government will no longer ban the use and import of e-cigarettes!
Of course, it can’t be purely positive, there must be restrictions on e-cigarettes. According to this executive order, the minimum age for a person who legally purchases, owns or uses various types of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is 21 in the Philippines.
It is stipulated that e-cigarettes are prohibited from being used in public places except for designated smoking areas (similar to the regulations in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and other cities). The new rules will take effect after 15 days since they are announced.