Sin Tax Law Reduced Smoking Consumption in 2013— Health, Medical Coalition

We, the civil society coalition that supported the passage of the Sin Tax Law (R.A. 10351), wish to supplement and reinforce the statement of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona regarding the law’s health impact. In a Congressional Oversight Committee hearing, Sec. Ona stated that it is still “too early to determine the public health impact of R.A. 10351”, as the periodical Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) is scheduled to be conducted this year.

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On PTI’s letter to LGUs requesting for participation in public hearings on proposed ordinances and pushing for a model ordinance

The Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control, Philippines (“FCAP”) issues this Position Statement in light of the misleading and deceiving action taken by the Philippine Tobacco Institute, Inc. (PTI) in sending letters to the heads of various local government units apprising them of various memoranda issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (“DILG”) enjoining LGUs to be strictly compliant with the provisions of the Tobacco Regulation Act (RA 9211) when enacting their ordinances.

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Health group pushes for tobacco ads ban implementation


Health advocates pushed for intensified implementation of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorhip (TAPS) ban to reduce consumption of tobacco products especially among the youth. In celebration of World Tobacco Day on Friday, Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) called for intensified implementation of Republic Act 9211, known as Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.

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Health Advocates Calls for Intensified 'TAPS' Ban Implementation in Ph


MARIKINA CITY – Led by the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) and The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines (FCAP), health advocates today strongly urged the Philippine government to immediately take steps in effectively banning all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) in order to reduce the number of tobacco users especially in Filipino youth.

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Cigarette: A killer that travels in packs


(Author’s note: Every May 31, the global community observes World No Tobacco Day. This article explains why it is being commemorated.)
"IT will indeed kill more people in the next two decades than HIV/AIDS, accidents, homicides, and suicides combined,” wrote Dr. Michael L. Tan in his column, “Pinoy Kasi.” “It kills and it disables, affecting not just the patient but their families and friends.”

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Doctors prescribe: go out and vote for health


Trust your doctor. Doctors and health advocates called on their patients and colleagues to go out and vote for health on May 13. “Exercising your right to vote is good for your health,” said Dr. Tony Leachon, Secretary of Philippine College of Physicians, “This is a powerful opportunity for us to flex our muscles to put true health champions in Senate, who will fight for health.”

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‘SIN’ tax revenues in March down by P2.25 billion


“Sin” tax take fell short of its March target by P2.25 billion despite the new excise-tax law that took effect at the start of 2013. Kim S. Jacinto-Henares, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) commissioner, said over the weekend that the decline in excise-tax revenues dragged the government’s main tax agency’s collection in March.

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FDA warns public against e-cigarettes


MANILA, Philippines—It would seem that electronic cigarettes, which is being promoted as a healthier substitute for tobacco, may just be as harmful as the real thing. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday warned the public against e-cigarettes, saying they cannot be considered legitimate therapy for smokers to quit and that they could turn children into smokers.

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FCAP Condemns the International Tobacco Expo in Manila


The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines (FCAP) today condemns the staging of the global tobacco exposition dubbed as the Protobex Asia/Intertabac Asia 2013, saying it is an ‘outright disrespect’ of Philippine laws as it is held for the second consecutive year in Manila.

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FCAP to Tobacco Industry: Stop Killing the FIlipino People


Upset over the staging of the global tobacco exposition dubbed as Protobex Asia/Intertabac Asia 2013, health advocates – led by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines (FCAP) – took to the streets today to mourn for the death of hundreds of Filipinos everyday because of tobacco-related diseases.

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