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February 6, 2023

Review regulation of vape, e-cigs: Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III calls for the full implementation of Republic Act (RA) No. 11900, otherwise known as the Vape Law, to halt the sale of vape products that have flavor descriptors presumed to appeal to minors, such as references to fruit, candy or dessert brands, and cartoon characters. During Monday’s plenary session, February 6, 2023, Pimentel gave his support to Sen. Pia Cayetano, who, in her privilege speech, exposed the sale of vape products that have designs that violate RA 11900. "We have to find out the real situation on the ground. How bad is it? How unregulated is the vaping industry in spite of the law?" Pimentel asked. The minority leader also called for further investigations on what actions relevant government agencies have done to help e-cigarette businesses properly implement the Vape Law. "It's time to hold accountable the government agency that we authorized or gave power to regulate the vaping industry," Pimentel added. (Bibo Nueva Espana/Senate PRIB)