Last October, two members of the House of Representatives were forced to suspend public consultations on vaping and heated tobacco products, after the Philippines FDA, was forced to admit that it had received a grant from the Union and Bloomberg Initiative.

“The Union co-manages the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program, which awards funds to projects delivering high-impact tobacco control interventions in low- and middle-income countries,” said Rep. Estrellita Suansing, during a virtual consultations’ session, which took place on October 8th.

The fundings may have violated both Philippine and US laws

Subsequently last December, over 35 national consumer organizations voiced their concern about the funding, reiterating the need for an investigation into the matter. Now, public health policy experts are calling for a deeper investigation, to determine whether the action violated Philippine and United States laws.

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Diane Caruana – Vapingpost.com – March 4, 2021.

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