Press Release | 17 December 2021
The Department of Health (DOH) issued the first set of graphic health warning templates on vapor products, heated tobacco products (HTPs), and other similar products as mandated by Republic Act No. 11346 and Republic Act No. 10643 or the “Graphic Health Warnings Law”.
The graphic health warnings (GHW) are being issued in recognition of its effectiveness in conveying information about the dangers or health consequences of the use of and exposure to the emissions of vapor products and HTPs. Available evidence shows that vapor products and HTPs, including its emissions, contain chemicals such as formaldehyde, propylene glycol, and other free radicals which can harm the user and those who are exposed.
Furthermore, the GHWs on vapes and HTPs are being issued to prevent the risk of nicotine addiction among users which could lead to cigarette smoking, especially among the youth who are more susceptible. This, in light of recent data that the prevalence of ever use of electronic cigarettes among the youth has increased from 11.7% in 2015 to 24.6% in 2019.
The Philippine Pediatric Society has also reported that online accessibility, presence of varied flavors, and the misconception that electronic cigarettes, vapes or HTPs are safer than conventional cigarettes, are the top reasons for using vape products among the youth. In this regard, stringent measures are set in place including RA Nos. 11346 and 11467 which mandate the regulation by the Food and Drug Administration; restriction of access to persons below 21 years old; prohibition of flavors other than plain tobacco or plain menthol; and application of appropriate health warnings in compliance with the Graphic Health Warnings Law.
To facilitate compliance on the use of the GHWs, tobacco companies may request for high-resolution copies of the GHW templates by accomplishing the form using this link: bit.ly/1stGHWVapeHTP