Philippines: oral tobacco and nicotine pouch regulation, November 2023

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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Fernanda Tucunduva

Legal analyst
Fernanda holds a masters degree in Criminology from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. She graduated in Law from de Pontifícia Universidade Católica and specialised in Criminal Corporate Law in São Paulo, Brazil. She has worked as a criminal and compliance lawyer in several law firms and also as an intern in the public sector in Brazil.

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