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According to a report by Philippine media tribune on November 16. Rufus Rodriguez, a member of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines, calls on Congress to investigate the vape company Flava. The company claims it is the largest vape brand in the Philippines. And it also claims that it is currently facing accusations of tax evasion and regulatory non-compliance.
Previously, relevant authorities searched Flava’s warehous. They discovered 14,000 boxes of suspected illegal vapes or tobacco products, with an estimated total value of 1.428 billion pesos. This highlighted Flava’s possible evasion of consumption tax.
Flava allegedly has been labeling its products as containing “freebase nicotine” rather than “nicotine salts”. It would be subject to higher excise taxes compared to the former. Independent testing shows that Flava’s products contain nicotine salts and benzoic acid.
Rodriguez also found that Flava’s meteoric rise in the market was likely attributable to its alleged marketing strategy. There are various social media posts showing minors using its products.
Under Section 12 of RA 11900 or the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Act, companies are prohibited from selling nicotine products to minors. They are also required to include health warnings in promotional materials or online posts.
Flava also allegedly sponsored events open to minors, an act prohibited by Articles 13 and 14 of RA 11900.
“Flava’s business practices, particularly their marketing to minors, are not just legally questionable but morally reprehensible. Such actions compromise the integrity of our market and endanger the welfare of our youth,” Rodriguez said.
In addition, he also says that flava’s young vitality and aggressive business strategy may lead to business growth. But if they do not respect our country’s laws, this may also be a trap. “