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In the Philippines an administrative order made by the Department of Health in 2014 no.0008 addresses the regulation of e-cigarettes. The order states that e-cigarettes are combination drugs and medical devices, and not tobacco or consumer products therefore they come under the remit of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sale and use of e-cigarettes is legal. E-cigarettes were subject to clean air laws in the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, which prohibited their use in public places and restricts their use on public transport, however a recent administrative order EO 26 contradicts this, and does not include e-cigarettes in its definition of smoking.
Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Allowed[1, 2, 3]
As medicinal products
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell nicotine
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Health
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these tables show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

Country News

  • Monday, November 12, 2018
  • WHO downplays e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aid

  • World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to the Philippines Dr. Gundo Weiler said that it is still not clear if electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are an effective smoking cessation aid. “There are also claims that e-cigarettes lead to reduction in smoking. It is not so clear at this point whether indeed along the line people will have less consumption of tobacco because of those products,” said Weiler.

    “They might stop, but they may also start using that, and then later switch to tobacco use. There are a lot of factors,” he added.

  • Monday, October 08, 2018
  • Groups debate impact of e-cigarettes on public health

  • Opposing groups continue to debate the government stance on electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes and its impact on public health.
    One group insists that e-cigarettes are a viable option to stopping conventional smoking, while the other group claims this alternative also has the same hazardous effects as tobacco.

     

    Local vaping groups maintained the government should trek the path of the United Kingdom with its relaxed regulations on e-cigarettes, insisting that these have reduced the harms associated with tobacco use [...]

  • Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Philippines Legislature Backs Vaping

  • In a surprising move, the Philippines House of Representatives is urging that vaping be included in the country’s tobacco control strategy. The legislative body issued a resolution asking the health department to promote tobacco harm reduction. The resolution, authored by Reps. Anthony Bravo and Jose Tejada, references the experience in the U.K., where public health authorities have promoted vaping as a safer alternative for cigarette smokers. According to the Manila Standard, the lawmakers specifically cite the landmark reports from Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians. A resolution is not law or even binding on the regulators. It is a recommendation by the legislature that the department of health regulate vapes without banning them.