240 smokers die every day

by CATHERINE S. VALENTE Reporter   BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan: Tobacco use, which kills nearly six million people every year, is now considered a global epidemic and the situation is getting worse, a public health think tank said on Thursday. In a forum organized by Health Justice Philippines, Dr. Mary Assunta, senior policy advisor of the…

Death by smoking now a global epidemic

MANILA — Death by smoking is now considered a global epidemic, according to Health Justice, a non-government organization with an advocacy to reduce the number of smokers in the country. Atty. Ma. Paz Luna of Health Justice on Thursday said there are 87,600 people who die every year due to smoking — or around 240…


Empirical Measurement of Illicit Tobacco Trade in the Philippines

Cigarette smuggling reduces the price of cigarettes, thwarts youth access restrictions, reduces government revenue, and undercuts the ability of taxes to reduce consumption. The tobacco industry often opposes increases to tobacco taxes on the claim that greater taxes induce more smuggling. To date, little is known about the magnitude of smuggling in the Philippines. This information…

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