House ratifies bicam report on measure regulating vape

Billy Begas

The House of Representatives has ratified the bicameral conference committee report regulating the use and sale of vaporized nicotine and non-nicotine products.

During Wednesday’s plenary session, no one objected to the ratification of the report reconciling the disagreeing provisions of House Bill 9007 and Senate Bill 2239.

The Senate ratified the same report on Tuesday.

The copy of the measure will be sent to Malacañang for the President’s signature.

The measure seeks to regulate the importation, manufacture, sale, packaging, distribution, use, and communication of vape products and novel tobacco products.

The ratification came amid the objection to the measure of various groups including Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The groups urge President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the measure.

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