The regulations differentiate between traditional oral products and snus, with the latter being subject to less stringent rules. Republic Act (RA) 9211 puts traditional oral tobacco within the scope of tobacco products, which are defined as products entirely or partly made of tobacco leaf as a raw material, which are manufactured to be used for smoking, sucking, chewing or snuffing, such as but not limited to cigarette, cigar, pipe, shisha/hookah and chew tobacco, by executive order 106.

Snus and nicotine pouches are considered a novel tobacco product, which are all non-combusted substances in solid or liquid form, and innovations, either made partly of tobacco leaf as raw material or containing nicotine from tobacco, intended to be used as a substitute for cigarettes or other combusted tobacco products.

This report offers a detailed analysis of the current regulatory framework in place in the Philippines for oral tobacco and nicotine pouches, covering all policy areas.

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Table of contents

  1. Executive summary
  2. Outlook
  3. Philippines: the basics
  4. National regulatory framework
  5. Age restrictions
  6. Product restrictions
  7. Labelling and packaging
  8. Obligation to notify
  9. Retail channel restrictions
  10. Public usage
  11. Advertising and marketing
  12. Taxation
  13. Sanctions
  14. Relevant laws
  15. Relevant bodies

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