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Last updated: September 17th 2019

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of single cigarette sticks; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of single cigarette sticks.

To align with FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit the sale of single cigarettes as this increases the affordability of cigarettes to minors.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Some Restrictions
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Analysis

Vending machine sales of tobacco products are prohibited except if (1) the vending machine has a mechanism for age verification; or (2) the vending machines are at points of sale.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that it prohibits vending machine sales to minors. To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit all vending machine sales of tobacco products as such sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Some Restrictions
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Analysis

The sale of tobacco products to persons below eighteen years is banned; this invariably includes internet sales under the E-Commerce Law. The sale of tobacco products via the internet, however, is allowed. Under the implementing rules of Rep. Act No. 9211, business-to-business transactions conducted on the internet and other similar medium between tobacco manufacturers, retailers, and distributors are also allowed.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit internet tobacco product sales, regardless of age, as internet sales are an inherent form of advertising and promotion.

Sale of smokeless tobacco products

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of smokeless tobacco products; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of smokeless tobacco products.

Sale of waterpipe tobacco products

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of waterpipe tobacco; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of waterpipe tobacco.

Location-based Sales Restrictions

Schools/educational facilities

Banned
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Playgrounds

Banned
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Stadiums/arenas

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not prohibit or restrict the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas.

Healthcare facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not prohibit or restrict the sale of tobacco products in healthcare facilities; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in healthcare facilities.

Cultural facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not prohibit or restrict the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities.

Youth hostels

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale or distribution of tobacco products within 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of a school, public playground, youth hostel, or other facility frequented by minors.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
Analysis

The law requires that cigarettes be packed "in twenties" and prohibits the sale of other packaging combinations of not more than 20.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 with respect to the sale of small packets of cigarettes.

Law Source, Section

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

No
Analysis

The law does not require a minimum weight per unit package of smokeless tobacco.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

No
Analysis

The law does not require a specific retail license to sell tobacco products.

To align with FCTC Art. 15, the law should require retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.