Joint Memorandum Circular No. 003-2020 on Implementing Rules and Regulations of Heated Tobacco Products and Vapor Products as Prescribed by Republic Act Nos. 11346 and 11467

09 Nov, 2020

COMMENTS: Joint Memorandum Circular No. 003-2020 was issued by the Department of Finance, Department of Health, Department of Budget and Management, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. It contains the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Heated Tobacco Products and Vapor Products (e-cigarettes) under Republic Act Nos. 11346 and 11467. It regulates issues such as minimum sales age, health warnings, and responsibilities of government agencies.

Republic Act No. 11467 grants manufacturers, importers, distributors, and sellers of e-cigarettes 18 months from the effective date of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) to comply with the IRR's requirements. Thus, provisions such as mandated pictorial health warnings and flavor restrictions will enter into force in May 2022.

To the best of our knowledge, all laws provided here are in effect as of June 19, 2024 unless otherwise noted.