Vaping has become a popular alternative to traditional smoking in recent years, with many individuals turning to e-cigarettes and vape pens to satisfy their nicotine cravings. However, different countries have varying laws and regulations when it comes to vaping. In the Philippines, there are strict rules and regulations in place to control the use and sale of vape products. In this article, we will explore the Philippines vape laws and what you need to know as a vaper or seller.
Philippines Vape Laws:
- All organizations engaged in the manufacturing, distribution, importation, marketing, and sale of e-cigarette heating devices, heated tobacco products, or their components must obtain a business permit from the Philippine Food and Drug Administration.
- All imported e-cigarette products require a License to Operate (LTO) and a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) from the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
E-cigarette Sales: Export is allowed for e-cigarette products manufactured in the Philippines for export, but if sold domestically, an export bond equivalent to the applicable consumption tax must be paid. Domestic sales are legal, including online transactions.
- E-cigarettes are classified as smoking cessation products and categorized as pharmaceuticals and medical devices. (E-cigarette products must undergo safety, efficacy, and quality assessment by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration to qualify for marketing authorization as healthcare products and health-related equipment.)
- E-cigarette products must ensure child safety. Sales of e-cigarettes are prohibited within 100 meters of schools. The sale or distribution of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products is also prohibited within 100 meters of schools, public playgrounds, youth hostels, areas frequented by minors, or in the vicinity of such places.
- E-cigarette products are prohibited from being used in public places and restricted in public transportation. Using e-cigarettes in public places in the Philippines may result in imprisonment of up to four months.
- E-cigarette flavors are limited to tobacco and menthol.
Tax Policy: Corporate income tax is 25%; small and micro enterprises (with assets not exceeding 12.54 million RMB, excluding land) and whose net taxable income does not exceed 627,000 RMB are subject to a 20% tax rate. Personal income tax follows a progressive tax rate ranging from 0% to 35%.
Import and Export Policy: The Philippine import tariff rate ranges from 0% to 30%, and all products imported from ASEAN member states are exempt from tariffs. Export enterprises registered with the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry or the Philippine Economic Zone Authority that meet the requirements of the export development plan may enjoy corresponding tax incentives, including corporate income tax reductions, import tariff and fee reductions, etc.
Vaping is a popular alternative to traditional smoking in the Philippines, but it is subject to strict regulations and restrictions. As a vaper or seller, it is essential to understand the local laws and regulations to avoid legal and health consequences. By complying with these regulations, we can ensure that vaping remains a safe and enjoyable activity for all.