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House approves bill on regulated sale, use of e-cigarettes


The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading the proposed measure regulating the manufacture, use and sale of electronic cigarettes

In a voice vote, the chamber approved House Bill 9007 or the “Non- Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act,” as amended.

One of the key provisions of the measure is that the minimum allowable age of 18 years old for those who will purchase, sell and use of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems. and heated tobacco products.

This bill mandates retailers to verify the age of all buyers by requiring the presentation of any government-issued identification card, which shows the buyer's photo and age.

Under the measure, the e-cigarettes could be sold online, provided that the seller shall adopt measures to ensure that the access will be restricted to those customers who are 18-years-old and above.

The bill, meanwhile, prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes or heated tobacco products within 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of a school, playground or other areas frequented by minors. —NB, GMA News