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  • Friday, December 13, 2019
  • FDA to doctors: Don’t interact with tobacco, e cig firms

  • The Food and Drug Ad­ministration (FDA) has is­sued a “gentle reminder” to all physicians connected with public hospitals not to have any form of interaction with the tobacco and electronic cigarette industries.

    The FDA issued an advi­sory under acting director general Eric Domingo that said doctors of state hospitals should avoid all interaction with the industry in compli­ance with Joint Memorandum Circular 2910-01 issued by the Department of Health and Civil Service Commission.


  • Monday, December 09, 2019
  • E-cigs not meant to halt smoking habit – PECIA

  • Electric cigarettes or e-cigarettes aren’t devices designed to help people quit smoking as far as the Philippine E-Cigarette Industry Association (PECIA) is concerned. PECIA President Joey Dulay made this clarification in a letter sent to the Manila Bulletin over the weekend after a story ran last week in the daily insinuating that the group viewed e-cigarettes as “smoking-cessation devices.”

    “PECIA and our 250 members do not claim e-cigarettes are smoking-cessation devices. We mandate our members to be responsible entrepreneurs by observing ethical business practices [...]

  • Monday, December 02, 2019
  • DOF seeks ban on flavored e-cigarettes

  • The Department of Finance (DOF) is pushing for a ban on flavored electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vapes to discourage the youth from buying these products.

    “Our original position has always been to make sure that the flavors appealing to the youth are not allowed,” Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua said. [...] Chua said the DOF was still awaiting an executive order clarifying the scope of the President’s ban on e-cigarettes.



  • Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • E-cigarette regulation tackled on Senate floor

  • Is the Philippines getting better in regulating e-cigarettes?

    Sen. Joel Villanueva posed this question on Tuesday during the period of interpellation for Senate Bill No. 1074 which seeks to raise taxes on liquor, e-cigarettes, and vapor products.


    “Sadly, my answer to that question is no, we are not getting better,” Sen. Pia Cayetano, who sponsors the bill, said. “Right now as we speak, there is no regulatory agency looking over this. Why? Because members of the industry filed a TRO [temporary restraining order] against FDA [...] and DOH [Department of Health] to regulate,” she added.



  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019
  • PNP apprehends 243 for vaping in public

  • In compliance with the government crackdown on the use of e-cigarettes or vapes, the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has arrested a total of 243 users of vapes and e-cigarettes in public places.

    "As of Sunday, a total of 243 persons were apprehended in 2,878 separate operations nationwide against the use of vapes and e-cigarette products," PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac told reporters during a press conference held at Camp Crame.

  • Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Senate to hold caucus on vape ban

  • Senators are seeking clarification from Malacañang on the extent of President Duterte’s vaping ban, as the chamber begins to tackle proposals to prohibit or regulate e-cigarettes or  vapes,  and aim to pass next month the Sin Tax Bill which includes such products.

    This afternoon, senators are going into a caucus upon the request of Sen. Pia Cayetano, chairperson of the ways and means committee, to tackle the timetable of the passage of Senate Bill 1074 or the Sin Tax Bill.