The House Bill, which wants to increase the excise tax on e-cigarettes, gets support

HEALTH advocacy teams have expressed robust assist for Home Invoice (HB) 5532, which will increase excise taxes on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco merchandise (HTPs).

HB 5532, filed by Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, will improve taxes on nicotine salt from P52 to P60 per millimeter of nicotine in vaporized nicotine merchandise and from P32.50 to P40 per pack for heated tobacco merchandise.

Salceda, the chair of the Home Committee on Methods and Means, initiated dialogue of the invoice again on the Methods and Means Committee listening to on November 21, 2022. The committee, chaired by Salceda, additionally created a technical working group for the invoice.

HealthJustice, an NGO, supported the measure due to its pro-health agenda, as vape merchandise are at the moment taxed lower than cigarettes.

“The extra tax will prohibit entry to those merchandise. We’ve got seen a pointy improve in using e-cigarettes, vape and heated tobacco merchandise domestically within the Philippines and all over the world,” mentioned Benedict G. Nisperos, Common Counsel for HealthJustice. “The WHO [World Health Organization] has advisable taxation to forestall entry to those merchandise.”

The group Mother and father Towards Vape (PAV) additionally expressed their assist for HB 5532 as they set the age restrict for entry at 21, because the Vape Act grants entry at 18. The PAV is an alliance of fogeys, academics, public well being professionals and group teams based mostly in Davao Metropolis and Samal Island.

“E-cigarette merchandise allow flavors that enchantment to kids and younger individuals, make them accessible on-line and allow cigarette use in public locations,” mentioned Imelda Esposado-Gocotano, convenor of PAV.

In the meantime, HealthJustice cited that the FDA and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) launched federal knowledge from the 2022 Nationwide Youth Tobacco Survey on youth tobacco use of their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The Tobacco Product Use amongst Center and Excessive Faculty College students-United States, 2022 report confirmed that e-cigarettes lead probably the most generally used gadget sort at 9.4 p.c; cigars (1.9 p.c); cigarettes (1.6 p.c) smokeless (1.3 p.c); hookahs (1.1 p.c); nicotine pouches (1.1 p.c); heated tobacco merchandise (1.0 p.c); and pipe tobacco (0.6 p.c).

“It’s evident that e-cigarettes are actually the primary selection for nicotine merchandise among the many youth. Of these surveyed by the US FDA, 85 p.c mentioned they use flavored e-cigarettes, and probably the most generally used gadget sort is disposable,” Nisperos added.

The US CDC has warned that the majority e-cigarettes comprise nicotine, which has recognized well being results and that nicotine is extremely addictive.