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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

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • DOF pushes higher taxes on alcopops, e-cigarettes

  • MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Finance (DOF) will make a last-minute appeal to the House of Representatives to approve the proposed increase in excise taxes of alcopops and electronic cigarette products in the plenary level, according to a top official.

    Last Monday, the House ways and means committee approved and endorsed to the plenary the House Bill 1026, which seeks to raise excise taxes on alcohol products.

     

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Paying Smokers to Quit Really Works

  • Smoking is bad for you – that’s common knowledge. [...] researchers and healthcare providers are constantly looking for new and better ways to help people quit smoking. A new systematic review demonstrates a concept that is proven to work: Paying smokers to quit. The review, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, includes 33 studies with more than 21,600 participants. The studies were conducted in the U.S., Europe, Thailand, and the Philippines in a wide range of settings including community centers, workplaces, [...]
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • DOH, FDA warn public anew on adverse effects of e-cigarettes

  • The Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday warned the public anew against the adverse effects on health and safety associated with the use of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems or electronic cigarettes.

    “The department, together with the Food and Drug Administration, maintains that a series of long-term epidemiological and peer-reviewed studies are required to conclude that e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional smoking,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.

  • Wednesday, July 03, 2019
  • DOH bans use of e-cigarettes, vapes in public

  • The Department of Health has banned the use of electronic cigarettes in public, with local government units to be tasked to apprehend violators.

    Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Eric Domingo said Secretary Francisco Duque III has signed an administrative order that bans the use of e-cigarettes and vaporizers (vapes) in public places. This comes two years after President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order 26 that prohibits cigarette smoking in common spaces, and instead limits the activity to designated smoking areas.

  • Monday, June 24, 2019
  • E-cigarette maker Juul enters Philippine market

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    “[The company’s entry into] the Asia Pacific market [is the] next step in the company’s mission to help improve the lives of the world’s one billion adult smokers by offering a viable alternative to combustible cigarettes,” Juul Labs said in a statement.

    Juul entered the South Korean market last month, and is set to introduce its products in Indonesia in the next few weeks.

  • Thursday, June 06, 2019
  • DOH lauds passage of tobacco tax bill in Congress

  • The Department of Health lauded the approval of the bill further increasing tax rates for tobacco products by the two chambers of Congress as the proposed measure is seen as a major source of funding to make the Universal Health Care law feasible.
    In a statement, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said smoking prevalence is expected to decrease to 20%—or about 200,000 lives saved from the ill effects of smoking—by 2023 with the approved bill.