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Duterte bans sale of e-cigarettes to people under 21

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte issued an executive order (EO) banning the sale of vapes and e-cigarettes to individuals below 21 years old.

EO 106, signed by Duterte on February 26, regulates the sale and use of e-cigarettes to protect public health.

“There is a need to regulate access to and use of electronic nicotine/non-nicotine delivery systems, heated tobacco products, and other novel tobacco products, to address the serious and irreversible threat to public health, prevent the initiation of non-smokers and the youth, and minimize health risks to both users and other parties exposed to emissions,” the President said.

The executive order also prohibits the sale and promotion of e-cigarettes in areas frequented by minors such as schools, public playground, and recreational facilities.

Every smoking area must include a “highly visible” smoking/vaping area signage, graphic health warning on the effects of using e-cigarettes, prohibition on the entry of minors, and other standards and specifications to better ensure a smoke/vape-free environment.

Duterte’s latest directive also requires establishments that manufacture, distribute, import, market and sell e-cigarettes to secure a license to operate from the Food and Drug Administration.

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