Philippines

PMI Affiliate Opens Four IQOS Stores in The Philippines – Vaping Post

The iQOS device is a smokeless alternative to combustible cigarettes which works by heating tobacco leaves known as Heets or HeatSticks. These refills which look like short cigarettes, must be inserted into the device, and are heated up once the iQOS device is switched on. PMFTC, a joint-venture company between Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI) and Fortune Tobacco Corporation (FTC), has now opened four IQOS stores in the Philippines. Found in the following locations: Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City; SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City; SM Southmall in Las Piñas City; and Estancia Mall in Pasig City, […]

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Philippines: Public Consultations on E-Cigs Halted as FDA Hid Funding – Vaping Post

Last August, the Philippine Joint House Committees on Trade and Industry and on Health, put forward a bill that would regulate the manufacture, distribution and use of vaping and heated tobacco products. A total of 88 congressmen have voted in favour of the bill and if passed into law, the bill would be known as the “Non Combustible Nicotine Delivery System Regulation Act of 2020.” “Recognizing the need for a viable alternative to combustible cigarettes, governments around the world and leading public health institutions have explored the concept of harm reduction as a public health strategy to combat the smoking […]

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Philippines firm ventures into medical marijuana

MANILA, Philippines — Greenergy Holdings Inc. of businessman Antonio Tiu has acquired a majority stake in an Australian firm, expanding the listed company’s portfolio to include biotechnology. Greenergy in a stock exchange filing said it acquired 51 percent of Yakuru Group Pty. Ltd. (YGPL), which recently introduced its Yakuru line of cannabidiol (CBD) or medicinal marijuana products in Australia. The Philippine-listed company, through the Yakuru Group, will be focusing on development and global marketing of medical hemp and its primary byproduct, CBD oil. Greenergy said its entry into the flourishing CBD industry comes after the recent decision of Australia’s Therapeutic […]

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Philippines: Joint House Committees Approve Vape and Heated Tobacco Bill – Vaping Post

Last December, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, announced a ban on the use and import of e-cigarettes, adding that anyone caught using the products would be arrested. The ban had been announced during a late night news conference, after the President was asked about a Department of Health report confirming the first EVALI case in the country. “I will ban it. The use and importation. You know why? Because it is toxic and the government has the power to issue measures to protect public health and public interest,” said Duterte at the time. Thankfully, moving away from a ban to regulation, […]

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