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Fighting non-compliance: DTI’s focus on consumer safety and Vape Law enforcement

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), via the Fair-Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB), has ramped up its efforts to curb the sale of uncertified products and non-compliant vape units, underscoring its dedication to consumer safety and adherence to the Vape Law.

The DTI-FTEB confiscated vape units amounting to P302,300.00 during a targeted enforcement operation conducted in Quezon City.

The scrutiny led by DTI-FTEB director Atty. Fhillip D. Sawali’s team uncovered violations in 7 out of 20 retail establishments inspected, resulting in the issuance of notices of violation (NOVs). These businesses were found to be selling vapor products designed to entice minors, a clear breach of Republic Act No. 11900 or the “Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Act.”

The thorough inspections conducted by DTI FTEB have yielded 212 NOVs and the confiscation of 18,526 vape products valued at PhP5,559,607.00 from a total of 79,515 monitored firms.

Furthermore, DTI-FTEB conducted enforcement operations in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon from February 26 to March 1, 2024, scrutinizing 26 vape shops, resulting in six NOVs issued for selling vape products enticing minors.

Out of 226 retail establishments, 55 were flagged for non-compliance and issued NOVs.

DTI encourages consumers to report any violations, such as selling above suggested retail prices (SRPs) or uncertified items, through the Consumer Care Hotline at DTI (1-384) or consumercare@dti.gov.ph, reaffirming its dedication to consumer protection and adherence to national standards.

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