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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 data boxes 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, February 18, 2019
  • PMI seeks different category for heat-not-burn cigar products

  • Philip Morris International (PMI), the world’s largest tobacco company, mulls the introduction in the Philippines of its heated-not-burned cigarette technology that it hopes could be categorized differently from the conventional tobacco saying its portfolio of smoke-free products significantly reduces the harmful effects caused by tobacco smoking.

    James Arnold, PMI director [...] told [...] that its portfolio of smoke-free products presents less risk of harm to smokers than the traditional cigarette.

  • Monday, December 17, 2018
  • ‘Higher sin taxes not enough to fund health program’

  • The additional revenue to be generated by two House-approved bills that seek to increase tobacco and alcohol excise taxes may not be enough to bridge the P40-billion funding gap for the government’s universal health care (UHC) program, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

    In an interview, Finance assistant secretary Antonio Lambino said House Bill (HB) 8677 on tobacco excise taxes is estimated to generate P1.8 billion in additional revenue next year, [...]

  • 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.