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降低电子水烟准入年龄的争议法案落入法律:宫
2022年07月28日 07:12   浏览:19280   来源:菲社网

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A  customer  smokes  at  a  vape  store  in  Manila  on  November  20, 2019. Photo  by  DANTE  DIOSINA  JR  / AFP

2019年11月20日,一名顾客在马尼拉的一家电子水烟商店吸烟。丹特迪奥西纳JR /法新社照片

马尼拉(2nd UPDATE)——马拉坎南宫周二向ABS-CBN新闻证实,一项寻求降低电子水烟使用年龄的措施已经成为法律,因为倡导者推动电子水烟作为香烟的替代品。

该措施将vapes的监管权从食品药品监督管理局转移到贸易和工业部。它还将贩卖年龄从21岁降低到18岁。

在新的电子水烟法案颁布之前,现有的法规禁止向21岁及以下的任何人销售调味电子水烟和该产品。

美国食品药品监督管理局和卫生部敦促马科斯政府否决这项有争议的措施。

食品及药物管理局坚持有权监管vape,呼吁马科斯放弃电子水烟法案

WHAT HAPPENED?

报道称,这项措施据称是在去年6月24日,也就是罗德里戈杜特尔特总统下台的前几天传递到马六甲州的。

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th groups seek veto

A bill will lapse into law if the Chief Executive fails to act on it 30 days after receipt from Congress, according to the Official Gazette.

Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said via text message that the bill lapsed into law on Monday, July 25.

The Palace has yet to release a copy of the official document as of this story's writing.

The vape regulation bill was approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress in January, but remained "sitting on the Speaker's table" until the 11th hour of the Duterte administration.

As a consequence of its delayed transmission to the OP, the bill was inherited by President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

KEY PROVISIONS

Dr. Maricar Limpin, president of the Philippine College of Physicians, had feared that the measure would side with the industry sector and not health.

Aside from lowering the age of access to e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, the bill also:

  • removes two-flavor limit on the products' flavors or juices
  • allows sponsorships beyond industry associations and trade events
  • allows tobacco companies to conduct corporate social responsibility-related activities

Sen. Pia Cayetano, among the senators opposing the bill's passage, expressed her disappointment with the development but vowed that the fight would not stop.

She added that her hopes were high given that President Marcos highlighted his belief on science-based evidence, noting the dangers of e-cigarettes and its widened access to younger people.

"To say that I am disappointed in the 18th Congress that passed the bill, and with the President for not vetoing it, will not do justice to the millions of lives that will be put in harm's way because of the Vape Law," said Cayetano in a statement.

"I thought this means that the Vape Bill would be vetoed, because the science clearly tells us just how harmful these products are, while medical experts have repeatedly said how the Vape Bill masquerades as a health measure, as it really pushes for de-regulation, not regulation, and harm introduction, not harm reduction," she added.

Her brother Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano had said the law would make vaping accessible to people as young as senior high school students.

He also slammed the provision transferring the regulatory powers to DTI from FDA, given that it is a health issue.

The lawmaker noted that the law will "undoubtedly make it harder for the country’s estimated 17 million smokers to quit" and instead make them dependent to nicotine through e-cigarettes.

“This practically turns the issue of nicotine abuse from a public health concern to a money-making endeavor for the government. Simply put, the DTI does not have the same expertise and experience to regulate these products as the FDA," he said in a statement in January when he was still a congressman.

Anti-vape advocates had said they would question its legality before the Supreme Court, Cayetano said.

Outside this bill, there is a legal battle. It is one, it will not stop people from getting the addiction… and those who already have the addiction, how to help them to get out of that addiction,” he said last week.

“We averted a moral crisis by banning internet gaming, specifically e-sabong. So let's not sign this bill that will lead to another health crisis,” he added.

— With reports from Jauhn Etienne Villaruel and Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

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