It is still uncertain whether or not President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will sign into law the Vape Regulation Bill.
Communications Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said on Wednesday, July 6, that Marcos “has not indicated” whether he would sign the Senate Bill 2239 or the proposed Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act or let it lapse into law.
The Press Secretary also said that the President has not commented on the pending bills before the Office of the President.
“The President has not indicated either way,” Angeles said in a press briefing in Malacañang.
“So when you say that there are bills pending before the President, as you know, if no action is made then it lapses into law. So there has been no indication. The President has not commented on these bills right now,” Angeles added.
Vape Bill has been opposed by medical experts, including former Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for the risks vaping can cause to users.
They were hoping former President Duterte would veto the bill before the end of his term but it remained untouched.
Its enactment into law, however, is being supported by vape consumers as it would generate billions in taxes for the government.
The Sin Tax Coalition on July 6 urged Marcos to veto the vape bill, saying that vetoing the bill will help “prevent more young non-smokers from being introduced to nicotine addiction.”