The Philippines Should be Praised for Being One Step Closer to Real Harm Reduction

Smoking, or vaping, is that the question?

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MANILA, December 17, 2021 — On Wednesday, the Senate of the Philippines, the nation’s Upper Legislative Chamber, passed a second reading of the Vaporized Nicotine Product bill, setting up the country for a modern and effective regulation that would help make alternative nicotine delivery devices both legal and accessible in the Philippines.

Yaël Ossowski, deputy director of the Consumer Choice Center (CCC), a global consumer advocacy group, praised the move as a win for consumers and public health.

“By introducing a legal framework for harm reducing alternatives to cigarettes like vaping devices, heat-not-burn devices, and other nicotine products, legislators in the Philippines are taking a bold step to offer less harmful and better products for smokers to quit,” said Ossowski. “This is despite the massive efforts of global health lobbies, such as Michael Bloomberg’s charities and anti-smoking groups, that have sought to ban or restrict access to these products worldwide.

“The World Health Organization’s (WHO) misguided recommendations against vaping have skewed the discourse against evidence-based policy-making across the world, despite the well-known evidence that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking and that vape flavors help smokers quit once and for all,” he added.

“With this sweeping embrace of nicotine alternatives, consumers and citizens in the Philippines now have the opportunity to enjoy products that have led to drastic reductions in smoking rates in western countries. This is cause for celebration,” said Ossowski. (/)


The Consumer Choice Center is the consumer advocacy group supporting lifestyle freedom, innovation, privacy, science, and consumer choice. The main policy areas we focus on are digital, mobility, lifestyle & consumer goods, and health & science.


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