Tobacco groups urged President Rodrigo Duterte to revoke the foreign funding received by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as they said this affects the drafting of the guidelines for the regulation of heated tobacco products (HTPs).

“We appeal to President Duterte to rescind the foreign grants received by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration, which cast a dark cloud on the agency’s role as an independent regulator and protector of public health,” Anton Israel, president of the Nicotine Consumers Union of the Philippines, said in a statement.

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