A ban on electronic cigarettes (e-cigar) is unlikely to be on the cards for the Philippines.Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the country will instead use an increase in excise taxes to discourage the use of e-cigarettes amid growing global concern over their health risks.
“I don’t think we’re going to ban it,” Dominguez said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Kathleen Hays at the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington. “Our view is it’s been around and it’s too widespread already in the Philippines to ban these e-cigarettes.”
The Philippine Congress, which is deliberating a bill that could raise taxes on vapor and heated tobacco by more than four times, is taking a “hard look” at these new smoking products, Dominguez said. A group of lawmakers recently visited the World Health Organization in Geneva to better understand their health impact, he said. (Bloomberg)