MANILA, Philippines — The Vaping Bill or the “Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Bill” became law on July 25, a letter to Congress signed by Executive Secretary Victor showed. Rodriguez, making 18-year-olds eligible to purchase the products.
Rodriguez said the bill became law in accordance with Article 6, Section 27 of the Constitution, which states that every bill already approved by both houses of Congress becomes law if the president does not oppose it. veto within thirty days of its receipt.
Congress forwarded the bill to the president’s office on June 24.
This means the Department of Trade and Industry now has “regulatory jurisdiction” over vapes and other heated tobacco products, instead of the Department of Health’s Food and Drug Administration.
The DOH and FDA hoped the bill would be vetoed once it reached the president.
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Under the new vaping law, 18-year-olds can now also buy the products instead of limiting them to people aged 21 and over.
Several groups have previously opposed the bill, saying the regulation should be left to the FDA since it involves trade in products affecting public health and pointed out that it could introduce a ‘non-essential dangerous habit’ among young people. .
Public interest law group ImagineLaw on Tuesday called the law a “treason of public health” that would lead more young people to take up vaping.
“The measure goes against overwhelming medical advice from medical associations and health experts,” said attorney Sophia San Luis, executive director of ImagineLaw.
ImagineLaw said it hopes the law will be implemented in the interest of public health and “not the commercial interests of those who pushed for its passage.”
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In an ambush interview with reporters after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s speech on Monday, Sen. Pia Cayetano told reporters she would urge the Senate to pass a better version of the bill.
“Pagka-iyan hindi na-veto, ako isusulong ko talaga ‘yung magandang klaseng Vape Bill na FDA and magre-regulate so gusto ko marinig kung an ano the attitude of Senate leadership diyan,” Cayetano said.
(If this isn’t vetoed, I will be pushing for a better version of the Vape Bill where the FDA will be the one regulating the products, so I really want to hear what the Senate leadership’s attitude will be at this subject.) – with a report of Xavier Gregorio