India tobacco confab a ploy to sway policies, PH warned

By: Jocelyn R. Uy   MANILA, Philippines–Antismoking groups on Wednesday warned the government against participating in the three-day tax forum being held in India, saying it is a tobacco industry trap meant to sway government policies on public health and tobacco control in the Asia-Pacific region. According to HealthJustice, New Vois Association of the Philippines…


Bloomberg lauds PH for sin tax law – The Department of Finance and Department of Health receive the 2015 Awards for Global Tobacco Control from Bloomberg Philanthropies

ABU DHABI – For passing the Sin Tax Law of 2012 and implementing tax collection that will expand health care coverage, the Philippines was recognized as one of the winners of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control that honors effective tobacco control policies during ceremonies at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or…


Advocates push tighter tobacco control

By Joel E. Zurbano   Ten Filipinos die every hour from diseases related to smoking, according to Health Justice Philippines and Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance. Dr. Mary Assunta, SEATCA policy advisor, said the number of deaths  from smoking is now at an alarming level as the group urged the Aquino administration to review the…

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