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…

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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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PMFTC’s “offensive strategy” violates RA9211

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bernadette Tan, 0916-3139794   December 10, 2014– Health advocates cry foul after Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) released a series of paid advertisements in major newspapers—a total of 30 paid ads to date. They were quick to point out that Republic Act 9211 (RA9211), or the Tobacco Regulation Act of…

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