Article Archive

  • HealthJustice Statement on the signing of the Graphic Health Warning Law
    23 July 2014 in Press Release

    The recent signing of the now Republic Act 10643 or An Act to Effectively Instill Health Consciousness through Graphic Health Warnings on Tobacco Products is a step in the right direction for our country, especially for the youth who are the main beneficiaries of this law.


  • GRAPHIC WARNINGS
    11 June 2014 in Public Health Updates

    Health advocates yesterday said the tobacco industry should not have any part in the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-T) which will oversee the implementation of the Graphic health warnings bill.


  • Cigarette graphic warning bill bitter-sweet - health advocates
    11 June 2014 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA - Health advocates lauded the passage of the cigarette graphic warning bill, but noted that several of its provisions were sacrificed.


  • Health experts want cigarette pack labels as large as possible
    10 June 2014 in Public Health Updates

    Written by Abby Gayle Abbu

     

    Philippine health experts on Tuesday insist on making the health-warning label as large as possible on cigarette packs.


  • PH a step closer to graphic health warning on cigarettes
    10 June 2014 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines – The graphic health warning bill is now one step closer to becoming a law.


  • PH graphic health warning on cigarettes bill a step closer to becoming law
    10 June 2014 in Public Health Updates

    By: Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com with Ruel Otieco 

       

    MANILA, Philippines - After years of being opposed by big tobacco firms, the bill that seeks to place graphic health  warnings on cigarette packs to discourage Filipinos from smoking is now closer to becoming a law.

     

     


  • Graphic health warnings on cigarette packs pushed
    8 June 2014 in Public Health Updates

    By Janvic Mateo

     

    MANILA, Philippines - Health advocates have started an online petition expressing support for the legislation that will require the incorporation of graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging in the country.


  • Antismoking pics on packs pushed
    3 June 2014 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines–With sales down following the imposition of the sin tax on cigarettes, antismoking advocates now want pictures or graphics depicting the hazards to health of smoking prominently displayed on cigarette packs.


  • Gains From Sin Tax Law Highlighted for World No Tobacco Day
    30 May 2014 in Press Release

    MANILA - Public health advocates around the world will be celebrating World No Tobacco Day on May 31. The chosen theme this year, tobacco taxation, is a familiar issue in the Philippines given the recent implementation of the Sin Tax Law. However, after a year of its implementation, its effect on health and economy continues to be questioned by the tobacco industry.


  • Filipino Youths Show Overwhelming Support for Graphic Health Warnings
    28 May 2014 in Press Release

    MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Majority of Filipino youths support the implementation of Graphic Health Warnings (GHWs) on cigarette packs, a recent Social Weather Station survey revealed.


  • NVAP assails delay in passage of graphic health warnings law
    21 April 2014 in Public Health Updates

    Written by Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco

     

    ANTI-SMOKING advocates are asking Congress to release the truth about the harmful effects of smoking by approving the graphic health warnings bill because its continued inaction on the measure is like “persecuting” Filipinos.


  • Wealth in health
    15 April 2014 in Public Health Updates

    by Mark Anthony O. Sarino

     

    Thirty-six million deaths in 2008.


  • Celebrating healthy living through a fair and fun ride around Metro Manila!
    24 March 2014 in Press Release

    This Sunday, March 30, 2014, HealthJustice Philippines, in partnership with DAKILA Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism and Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), will have an event entitled High5Life Fair and Fun Ride at Mercato Centrale, Bonifacio Global City, with the theme: “Healthier, Happier Philippines through Health Promotion.” 

     


  • New Marlboro Advertising Targets Teens - Governments urged to protect children with comprehensive ban on tobacco
    13 March 2014 in Press Release

    Manila – Philip Morris International (PMI) has launched an aggressive new marketing campaign revitalizing its Marlboro brand in more than 50 countries despite the findings of a German court that the campaign targets youth and similar complaints in other countries, according to a report issued today by six international public health organizations. To target the young, the cowboy on the horse is replaced with youth on a mountain bike and snowboard.  
     


  • New ad targets youth
    13 March 2014 in Public Health Updates

    by Jenny F. Manongdo

     

    Manila, Philippines — The seemingly “cool” and iconic cowboy and cigarette-loving man who died due to lung disease has been replaced with young people engaged in adventure sports in a new advertisement enticing the youth to engage in tobacco use.


  • Philippines warned of new tobacco ads targeting youth
    13 March 2014 in Public Health Updates

    THE Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) on Thursday warned the Philippines against being the new target of Philip Morris International (PMI) marketing campaign with an aim to find "replacement smokers" among the youth.


  • Govt urged to stop tobacco advertising, promotions
    13 March 2014 in Public Health Updates

    By Lady Marie Dela Torre, PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian

     

    Six international public health organizations called on the government to protect children with comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and promotions Dr. Mary Assunta, senior policy advisor of SEATCA, said that the tobacco company continues to aggressively roll-out tobacco campaign targeting teen-agers.

     

     


  • Health is wealth
    2 March 2014 in Public Health Updates

    HEALTHJUSTICE Philippines, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Department of Health recently held an important forum with speakers from the government, the academe, civil society, and international representatives from our neighboring countries.


  • Tobacco firms urged to drop lawsuits as support for GHWs grow
    19 February 2014 in Press Release

    4 tobacco firms were urged by Senator Pia Cayetano to drop the lawsuits opposing the Department of Health’s implementation of graphic health warnings.


  • Bicol bloc congressmen file strong graphic health warnings bill
    11 February 2014 in Press Release

    For the lawmakers of the Bicol bloc, health is top priority. 14 congressmen from the Bicol region have joined together to file a strong graphic health warnings (GHWs) bill, which would mandate the placing of vivid picture-based warnings on cigarette packs.


  • Health-promotion fund pushed as top killer diseases drain private, public coffers
    29 January 2014 in Public Health Updates

    InterAksyon.com
    The online news portal of TV5

    MANILA, Philippines - Is it possible for every Filipino to be healthy? This was the question posed by Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, project director of the Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax at the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) in a forum Wednesday billed “Healthy People, Wealthy Nation” at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila.


  • Healthy People, Wealthy Nation
    26 January 2014 in Press Release

    On January 29, HealthJustice Philippines together with the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), the World Health Organization, and the Department of Health will hold a forum on achieving inclusive growth in the Philippines through Health Promotion. The event is entitled “Healthy People, Wealthy Nation,” and will feature speakers from the government, the academe, civil society, and international representatives from neighboring countries.


  • Graphic health warnings are a right, say health advocates
    22 January 2014 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines. – “It is our right to be informed about how tobacco products can harm us.” This was the plea of public health advocates as they urged lawmakers to support the graphic health warnings bills during the hearing for the same before the Senate Committee on Health and Demography last January 22, 2014.


  • Using scare tactics
    9 January 2014 in Public Health Updates

     A MAN points at proposed cigarette packaging by the World Health Organization (WHO) showing various ailments caused by cigarette smoking, displayed at the WHO office in Manila on Oct. 10, 2011. -- AFP


  • Year-end Review: Sin Tax Effective in Decreasing Tobacco Sales
    18 December 2013 in Press Release

    “This revelation from PMI clearly demonstrates that increase in prices of tobacco products through higher taxes is effective in protecting health by reducing tobacco consumption,” says Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, Project Director of the Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). “Smoking is a costly addiction that wastes lives and resources. It is an unnecessary expense and an added burden to poor families.”


  • Downgrading of Marlboro Undervalues Sin Tax Law
    16 December 2013 in Press Release

    “News on the decline of Marlboro sales clearly shows that the price at which cigarettes are sold is a much bigger factor than brand loyalty,” says Irene Reyes, Managing Director of HealthJustice Philippines. “We must take advantage of this fact and realize that PMFTC’s request is just another strategy in compromising the positive health benefits of the Sin Tax Law.”


  • Graphic warnings on cigarettes pushed
    6 December 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Rio N. Araja 

     

    LAWYERS from the University of the Philippines on Thursday threw their support behind former secretaries of the Department of Health in urging the Supreme Court to act on a consolidated case of graphic health warnings against cigar manufacturers.


  • The importance of preventive health care
    25 November 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Health advocates are on a high with the recent news of a Senate Resolution from the Senate Finance Committee recommending P1-billion for Health Promotion (HP) for the budget of the Department of Health in 2014. For the past year, health advocates have been stressing the importance of investing in health promotion.


  • Text-only warnings on cigarettes ineffective in curbing smoking
    23 November 2013 in Public Health Updates

    SEVEN years of text-only warnings placed on cigarette packs did little to curb the use of tobacco in the Philippines, health advocates revealed.


  • Living the Health Dream
    19 November 2013 in Press Release

    Health advocates are on a high with the recent news of a Senate Resolution from the Senate Finance Committee recommending PhP 1-Billion for Health Promotion (HP) for the budget of the Department of Health in 2014. For the past year, health advocates have been stressing the importance of investing in health promotion. 

     


  • HealthJustice mourns the loss of former Health Secretary Alberto Romualdez
    17 October 2013 in Public Health Updates

    “When a great tree falls, we are surprised to see how meager the landscape seems without it.” – Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. 

     


  • PH health officials, advocates mourn death of Quasi Romualdez, 'public health champion'
    15 October 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Jet Villa

    Philippine health officials and advocates have mourned the death of former Health Secretary Dr. Alberto "Quasi" Romualdez, whom they consider as a "public health champion."

     


  • NCD Epidemic Will Hinder Economic Development
    9 October 2013 in Press Release

     

     

    In achieving the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals and considering the discussions on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, investment in NCD prevention to eliminate behavioral risk factors is a major component. As NCDs serve as a hindrance to inclusive growth and economic development, there is need for a whole-of-government and a whole-of society effort in creating health-promoting environments to fight these diseases. 

     

     


  • Where does the Philippines stand two years after UN NCD Summit?
    25 September 2013 in Press Release

    Two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly called for a High-Level Meeting to bring attention to the global threat of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The result of this meeting, also called the NCD Summit, is a Political Declaration to address the prevention and control of NCDs through the reduction of risk factors, creation of health-promoting environments and strengthening of national policies and health systems.


  • Health advocates intensify anti-smoking campaign
    23 September 2013 in Public Health Updates

    by Jonathan L. Mayuga

     

    HEALTH advocates have intensified the campaign against cigarette smoking in the Philippines and are now focusing more on the negative health impacts of cigarette smoking to Filipinos.


  • Health advocates want portion of pork used for health-promotion programs
    7 September 2013 in Public Health Updates

    PRESIDENT Aquino was asked on Saturday to allocate a good portion of the pork barrel to expand the country’s health-promotions programs and strengthen the preventive component of the health-care system to control the spread of non-communicable diseases in the Philippines.


  • The Time for Health Promotion is Now
    5 September 2013 in Press Release

    As the President of the Philippines called for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) following the Napoles pork barrel scam, the PDAF appropriations of PhP 25.2-billion for 2014 are now up in the air.


  • Pregnant smokers can afflict future generations
    28 August 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By: Philip C. Tubeza

    MANILA, Philippines—Women who smoke during pregnancy endanger the health not just of the child they are bearing but also that of their future great-grandchildren, an antismoking group said Tuesday.
     

     


  • Up to third generation offspring affected by maternal nicotine exposure
    28 August 2013 in Public Health Updates

     (The Philippine Star)

     

    MANILA, Philippines - An anti-tobacco group yesterday warned that children up to the third generation could suffer the consequences if the mother is a smoker, as it batted for the placement of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs.


  • Poor kids likely to get hooked on smoking
    5 August 2013 in Public Health Updates

    POOR children are more likely to smoke cigarettes than rich children,  a non-government organization says citing a new study by researchers from the Duke University School of Medicine that appeared in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.


  • PNoy urged: Push for graphic warnings on cigarette packs
    1 August 2013 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA - Anti-smoking advocates have asked President Benigno Aquino III to finally declare a priority a bill requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs.


  • Prioritize health measures in Congress: Cancer survivors
    1 August 2013 in Press Release

     THE New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) on Tuesday sought the support of President Aquino  to give priority to health measures in the 16th Congress.


  • Cancer survivors urge PNoy to prioritize graphic health warning bills
    30 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By 

     

    Speaking with an electronic assisting device, laryngeal cancer survivor Engr. Emer Rojas called on President Benigno Aquino III to prioritize graphic health warning bills that were refiled for the 16th Congress.


  • Cabral: Prevention better than cure
    22 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Macon Ramos-Araneta

    Former Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral said six out of 10 deaths are due to non-communicable diseases, a situation requiring preventive health care.


  • P-Noy urged to put premium on preventive health care
    21 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Written by Jonathan L. Mayuga

    HEALTH advocates on Sunday urged President Aquino to put premium on the people’s health by investing in preventive health care through increased budget allocation.

     

     


  • Health Advocates to PNoy: Give Priority to Preventive Health Care
    20 July 2013 in Press Release

    On Monday, July 22, 2013, the President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, is scheduled to give his fourth State of the Nation Address (SoNA).


  • Anti-smokers press graphic warnings
    19 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Written by GERARD NAVAL

    ON the heels of the reported success of the sin tax law in reducing tobacco sales, anti-smoking group Health Justice Philippines yesterday called anew for the passage of a measure requiring picture health warnings in cigarette packs.


  • Graphic warnings
    19 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Jenny F. Manongdo

    Health advocates renewed their call for mandatory graphic health warnings in packages of tobacco products to discourage more young people from becoming hooked into smoking.


  • Smoking may affect sperm count, fertility NGO
    18 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Macon Ramos-Araneta

    SMOKING can cause poor quality sperm like sperm count and possibly the deterioration of the male’s fertility, affecting his ability to impregnate a woman, a non-government agency official said on Friday.


  • NEXT STEPS AFTER SIN TAX LAW
    17 July 2013 in Press Release

    It has been almost seven months since the Sin Tax Law was implemented. With its objectives to bring down smoking prevalence and increase government revenues, champions of public health and tobacco control gathered to evaluate the impact the tax increase on the local tobacco market.


  • Tobacco trades tax-dodging tricks bared
    16 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Macon Ramos-Araneta

    The tobacco industry continues to promote death, according to  Health Justice Philippines, a non-government organization advocating a healthy body and environment.

     

     


  • Cigarette makers cheat on sin tax payments
    15 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Claudeth C. Mocon / Correspondent

     

    AS the “sin” tax law marked its seventh month of implementation, anti-tobacco advocates on Monday slammed cigarette companies whom they said have developed strategies to undermine the health law to avoid paying higher tax.


  • Where not to smoke...
    10 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By: Dahli Aspillera

    THERE is a big pow-wow going on in Davao attended by international interest groups to think up more way to stop people from using tobacco and figure out more way to limit the spaces where smokers may smoke.


  • Slowing down on smoking wont lessen health risks
    9 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Sheila Crisostomo

     

    MANILA, Philippines - Citing a study by two universities in Scotland, anti-tobacco advocates yesterday cautioned the public that cutting down on cigarette consumption will not lessen the health risks that the habit poses.

     

     


  • Smokers who cut down rather than quit still at risk study
    8 July 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Think that smoking less is doing you a lot of good? Think again. A new study shows that smoking less cigarettes does not lessen the risk of premature death caused by smoking.


  • Third-hand smoke can damage human cells
    25 June 2013 in Public Health Updates

      An anti-tobacco advocate wants a 100 percent smoke-free environment based on a US study that third-hand smoke can damage human cells.


  • The end for sin tax?
    25 June 2013 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – Due to the recent decrease in excise-tax collections and the initial responses of the tobacco industry to the sin tax law, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. stated that he plans on presenting a full review of the effectiveness of the sin tax law in January 2014 - one year after its implementation. The senator's statement was made after the Lucio Tan Group of Companies (LTG) said that the government may lose as much as PHP 8 billion in revenues, as a result of increased cigarette smuggling in response to the sin tax law. 


  • Anti-tobacco lobby in MRT stations
    1 June 2013 in Public Health Updates

    THE World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) pushed its communications campaign with vivid death scenes all over the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) stations aimed at raising the awareness of citizens on the dangers of cigarette smoking.


  • Its superheroes vs Yosi Kadiri
    1 June 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By 

     

    When antismoking crusaders Superman and Batman arrive together in a restaurant and Yosi Kadiri, the champion smoker, barges in a few seconds later, what do you think ensues?


  • Health advocates call for total tobacco ad ban
    31 May 2013 in Press Release

     GRAPHIC IMAGES. SEATCA Director Ulysses Dorotheo and DOH Asec Eric Tayag show a cigarette packaging from   Australia


  • Global Health Expert Hits Manila This Summer
    1 May 2013 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – A globally renowned health expert from Thailand will be visiting Manila to share his country’s experience in the implementation of health promotion programs. Dr. Prakit Vathesatogkit, the Senior Advisor to the Thai Minister of Health and the Secretary General of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations (INHPF), will be a resource speaker at the National Workshop on Health Promotion on May 3 in Manila. The workshop is an initiative of HealthJustice, Department of Health and World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office.

     


  • Netizens clash over unhealthy food taxation
    29 April 2013 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – Youth debaters took to Facebook to duel over a motion on unhealthy food taxation raised by the organizers of the Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship (PIDC), which was held at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus, last April 8 to 13, 2013.


  • Higher tax on junk, unhealthy foods pressed
    29 April 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Written by Jonathan L. Mayuga / Reporter

     

    “Having students express support to the idea of higher taxes on unhealthy products proves that we are on the right track. The younger generation is beginning to see that it is truly the government’s duty to implement preventive measures that go directly to the core of society’s lifestyle. Development and implementation of effective policies to address risk factors help in the reduction of non-communicable diseases,” Irene Reyes, managing director of HealthJustice Philippines, said in a statement.


  • Pia Cayetano joins FDA, health advocates in calling for FDA-regulation of tobacco
    11 April 2013 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines. – Health advocates called on the Supreme Court to affirm the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) power to regulate tobacco and tobacco products. “Why isn’t tobacco regulated by the FDA?” asked Atty. Diana Trivino, Project Manager of public health NGO HealthJustice. “It is the health of the people that is sacrificed for every day that tobacco products continue to go unregulated.”


  • New anti-smoking laws called
    1 April 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Macon Ramos-Araneta

    Public health advocates called on government on Sunday to impose tough anti-smoking regulations in the country, citing recent findings that mothers who breathe secondhand smoke were likely to have children with behavioral problems.


  • Smoking and quality of life
    1 April 2013 in Public Health Updates

    But just as we welcome life and contemplate the conquest of death, it’s time to turn our attention to the more practical aspects of protecting this life and caring for the generations to come.

     

     


  • Study shows secondhand smoke exposure produces children with aggression, attention problems
    29 March 2013 in Press Release

    The dangers of smoking during pregnancy have long been known, with its most serious complications including stillbirth, premature delivery, and low birth weight. Now, a new study says that mothers who breathe secondhand smoke are twice as likely to have children with attention and aggression problems.   


  • Dont sacrifice our health for profit say health advocates to government, tobacco expo organizers
    22 March 2013 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – This March, tobacco companies and suppliers return to Pasay City for ProTobEx Asia, a trade show featuring innovations and merchandise in the industry. The tobacco expo’s return to the Philippines has been met with much resistance from public health advocates, who say that the government’s continued sanction of the trade show is inconsistent with its stand on public health.  “When you promote tobacco, you put down our health,” said Emer Rojas,  President of the New Vois Association of the Philippines, an organization composed of cancer victims and disabled persons, many of whom attribute their illnesses to tobacco. “Don’t sacrifice our health for profit. No amount of money can justify death and disease. We lose more than what is gained in the long run,” he added.


  • Moves against Phl hosting of tobacco expo snowbal
    21 March 2013 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Moves against the Philippines’ hosting of the Protobex/Inter-Tabac Asia snowballed as it was seen as an affront to the country’s efforts to save people from the ill effects of cigarettes.


  • Tobacco trade show opposed
    20 March 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Macon Ramos-Araneta

     

    For the second straight year, advocates strongly objected the Philippine hosting of the ProTobEx ASIA, an annual trade show showcasing some of the world’s biggest tobacco manufacturers and advertisers which will be held March 20-22 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.


  • No to tobacco exhibition - DOH-NCR
    20 March 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Lucia F. Broño

     

    MANDALUYONG CITY, March 20 (PIA) - - The Department of Health Center for Health Development of the National Capital Region (DOH CHD-NCR) conducted a press conference, Tuesday, enjoining partner agencies and stakeholders to strengthen commitment to tobacco elimination and control and condemning tobacco exhibitions in the country.


  • SEATCA: Tobacco expo 'attacks and insults' PH, its leaders, its people
    20 March 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By:  InterAksyon.com

     

    The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) denounced Wednesday the staging of Protobex/Inter-tabac Asia in Manila which runs till Friday, March 22, deeming it a direct assault on Asia by the tobacco industry as it is held in the Philippines, base of the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office (WHO-WPRO).


  • Tobacco trade show opposed
    20 March 2013 in Public Health Updates

    By Macon Ramos-Araneta

    For the second straight year, advocates strongly objected the Philippine hosting of the ProTobEx ASIA, an annual trade show showcasing some of the world’s biggest tobacco manufacturers and advertisers which will be held March 20-22 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.


  • You are not welcome here, say health advocates to intl tobacco expo organizers
    19 March 2013 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – This is the second year that ProToBex ASIA, a regional tobacco industry expo, will be conducted in Manila. Public health advocates are “up in arms” once more, determined  to protect the people from the dangers brought on by a tobacco promotion event of such magnitude.


  • News Conference Center For Health Devt-NCR
    19 March 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Dr. Encarnita Limpin, Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines executive director, protests the coming of tobacco industries to the country, where a a 3-day expo participated in by private firms will be held in Manila to promote tobacco smoking.


  • Health Advocates seek Health Promo in Senatorial Candidates' Platform
    15 March 2013 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines - On March 4 and 11, the Zuelling Center for Aisan Business Transformation of the AIM hosted the 2013 Senatorial Candidates Forum on Health. Senatorial candidates discussed their platform on Universal Health Care (UHC) and answered questions from stakeholders on relevant health issues.


  • Stiffer law against drunk driving sought
    12 March 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Jonathan L. Mayuga / Reporter

     

    Drunk driving, which poses threats to life and property, is now becoming a norm in the country because of the lack of state policy severely penalizing it, civic group HealthJustice Philippines said on Tuesday.


  • Health groups slam PMFTC Donation to PGH
    26 February 2013 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – On February 22, 2013, Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Company (PMFTC) in partnership with the American Chamber Foundation of the Philippines Inc. donated PhP300,000.00 worth of medical supplies to the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation Inc. (PGHMFI).


  • Anti-smokers press graphic health warnings
    25 February 2013 in Public Health Updates

    ALMOST two months after the Sin Tax Law took effect, anti-smoking advocates are pushing for the passage of a law that would require graphic health warnings in cigarette packs.


  • Drunk Driving Laws Lacking in the Philippines
    21 February 2013 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – Drinking has long been an accepted practice in Filipino culture.


  • Lung Cancer Prevention Measures Pushed
    19 February 2013 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines --- A sectoral representative of the Quezon City Development Council yesterday claimed that lung cancer has become the leading type of cancer in the Philippines, even if lawmakers expressed concern over the fancy cigarette packaging designs that make a tobacco product look safe.


  • Smoking kills? Not in graphics
    18 February 2013 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Emer Rojas, 54, was once a smooth talking radio announcer. But when I came to interview him, he was dead silent. Without a word, he carefully placed two fresh batteries in a small black electrolarynx, pressed the device to where his vocal chords were cut, and buzzed to life.


  • What next for health for the rising economic tiger
    15 February 2013 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – With 2013 just coming into full swing, the Philippines is already reaping seeds sewn in the last year. Thanks to the government’s commitment to fight corruption and make necessary political reforms, the World Bank has declared the country as the rising economic tiger in Asia.


  • A weak government warning
    14 February 2013 in Public Health Updates

    A non-government organization of health advocates is worried that the Philippines is lagging behind other nations in implementing a law requiring graphic warnings on cigaret packs. Health Justice Philippines says that 64 states comprising 40 percent of the world’s population have already finalized picture warning requirements on cigaret packs, while in the Philippines, government still needs to be reminded to enforce this life-saving measure.


  • Phl lagging on cigar health warnings
    13 February 2013 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is lagging behind other nations in implementing the law requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, a non-government organization of health advocates said yesterday.


  • Anti-smoking group revives push for picture warnings on cigarette packs
    13 February 2013 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -- An anti-smoking group on Wednesday renewed calls for the adoption of picture warnings on cigarette packs, saying these were far more effective than text in convincing people to quit the habit.


  • As picture warnings on cigarette packs get bigger worldwide, in RP they have yet to be implemented
    12 February 2013 in Press Release

    Over 40% of the world’s population is covered by the 64 states that have finalized picture warning requirements on cigarette packs. In many of these jurisdictions, governments are moving to increase the size of the graphic health warnings. Australia leads with 82.5% of the pack covered with the vivid pictorial warnings. Thailand is pushing for an increase to 85% -- a big leap from the current packs which feature warnings covering only 55% of the package. India, which ranks 2nd in smoking prevalence worldwide, is pushing for an increase from the 20% warnings which currently cover their cigarette packs.  In the Philippines, however, health advocates feel left behind, still needing to call on government to enforce this life-saving measure.

     

     

     


  • Get the picture: Reports show that standardized packaging and picture warnings on packs lead smokers to believe cigarettes taste worse
    1 February 2013 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines. – Picture warnings on cigarette packs work in more ways than one. Since Australia’s plain packaging law took effect last December 2012, many of the country’s smokers have complained that cigarettes in these standardized packs taste worse, stating that the cigarettes taste “pathetic”, “sickening” and lacking in flavor now that they come in the same packaging dominated by graphic health warnings (GHWs).


  • Calls for picture warnings on cigarette packs intensify as sudden cardiac death risk among light smokers surface
    24 January 2013 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines. – A little smoking, a lot of death: a new study reveals that smoking even just one cigarette a day doubles risk for sudden death in women. The alarming results prompted health advocates to call for picture health warnings on cigarette packs anew.


  • Health advocates renew call for graphic health warnings on tobacco products
    24 January 2013 in Public Health Updates

    A NEW study which revealed that smoking even just one cigarette a day doubles risk for sudden death in women prompted health advocates to renew their call to implement graphic health warnings on cigarette packs anew.


  • Health advocates renew call for graphic health warnings
    24 January 2013 in Public Health Updates

    A NEW study which revealed that smoking even just one cigarette a day doubles risk for sudden death in women prompted health advocates to renew their call to implement graphic health warnings on cigarette packs anew.
     


  • Make it governments business
    23 January 2013 in Public Health Updates

    While watching Jessica Soho’s SONA news program, I watched their segment concerning the fight over “graphic warnings” to be placed on cigarette packs. The idea is to force cigarette manufacturers to print photos of smokers who have developed different types of cancers and tumors essentially to shock or scare smokers. A group called Health Justice has principally been at the forefront of the campaign alongside the Department of Health and they have been pushing and pushing Congress to pass the law


  • Graphic warnings on cigarette packs work, study shows
    20 January 2013 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines—Pictures speak louder than words.

    Health advocates are pushing anew for graphic health warnings (GHWs) on cigarette packs, citing a new Harvard study which showed that pictures are more powerful than words in warning people, especially minority groups, about the dangers of smoking.


  • Show, dont tell: New Harvard study proves graphic health warnings are more effective in warning disadvantaged, minority groups
    19 January 2013 in Press Release

    Health advocates have stood behind the effectiveness of graphic health warnings (GHWs) on cigarette packs, compared with the text-only warnings currently appearing on packs sold in the Philippines.  This assertion has been verified by a new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and international tobacco control group Legacy. The results showed that GHWs are more effective in getting smokers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to quit their smoking addiction, prompting calls for lawmakers to pass a law mandating graphic health warnings on cigarette packs.


  • Gov't Mulls Graphic Warnings To Curb Smoking
    16 January 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Philippines- A public health advocacy group is urging Congress to pass a law requiring cigarette packs and other tobacco products to bear graphic health warnings encouraging smokers to quit the habit.


  • Health advocates to lawmakers: Pass GHW bill now, save more lives sooner
    14 January 2013 in Press Release

    Know someone who died from tobacco-related causes? Well, 240 more like him died in the Philippines today. The Department of Health has said that 10 Filipinos die every hour from a disease caused by his own smoking.[1] The Philippines is one of the top 20 smoking nations in the world,[2] with 87,600 tobacco-related deaths yearly. World-wide, tobacco’s death toll is expected to rise from 100 million in the 20thcentury to 1 billion in the 21st century.[3] Over 40% of the world’s population is mandating graphic health warnings (GHWs) on cigarette packs to help motivate smokers to quit. [4] Inexplicably, the Philippines still has not.


  • Congress urged to pass law on visual warnings on cigarette packs
    14 January 2013 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA – A group of public health advocates has called on Congress to build on its "momentum" and pass a law that will require cigarette companies to place graphic health warnings on their product packages.


  • Philippines, Myanmar are ASEANs odd ones out in the race towards graphic health warnings
    13 January 2013 in Press Release

    Which countries light up the most? The latest reports state that Serbia tops the world list with each Serbian smoking an average of 2,861 cigarettes yearly.  Among ASEAN nations, Indonesia ranks the highest with 53.3 million smokers.By comparison, each of the 17.3 million Filipino smokers smoke an average of 838 sticks annually. Serbia and Indonesia have at least done something about their extremely high smoking statistics: both countries have implemented laws mandating graphic health warnings (GHWs) on cigarette packs. In spite of 240 Filipino deaths caused by tobacco daily, the Philippines still has not.


  • Congress urged to pass law requiring picture warnings on cigarette packs
    13 January 2013 in Public Health Updates

    A group of public health advocates has called on Congress to build on its "momentum" and pass a law that will require cigarette companies to place graphic health warnings on their product packages.


  • Congress urged to pass law requiring picture warnings on cigarette packs
    13 January 2013 in Public Health Updates

    A group of public health advocates has called on Congress to build on its "momentum" and pass a law that will require cigarette companies to place graphic health warnings on their product packages. In a statement, the non-governmental group HealthJustice Philippines expressed optimism that bills on graphic health warnings pending in Congress will finally be passed after lawmakers enacted the "sin tax" law—a legislation that imposes higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol products—last year. "As with the sin tax law, government and civil society should work together to get this passed soon. The graphic health warning bill is a necessary complement to all other tobacco control measures," lawyer and HealthJustice managing director Irene Reyes said in a media release on Friday. She added that passing measures on graphic health warning will make the Philippines "credible as a rising nation." Reyes’ group made this call after Indonesia—the country with the highest number of smokers in Southeast Asia—enacted a law requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs.


  • CSOs Remain Vigilant on Proper Implementation of Sin Tax
    10 January 2013 in Press Release

    MANILA,  PHILIPPINES - With the implementation of the sin tax law, Civil Society Organizations vow to keep vigilant for any attempt the tobacco industry might make to undermine its success.


  • A milestone on health care
    2 January 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines – I welcome the enactment of Republic Act 10351, which raises taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. It will generate additional revenues, starting with P33.96 billion in 2013. And in 2014, the new tax law will generate P42.82 billion, increasing to P50.63 billion in 2015, P56.86 billion in 2016, and P64.18 billion in 2017, or a total of P248.49 billion in five years.
     


  • YEARENDER: Health advocates score victories in sin tax, RH laws
    1 January 2013 in Public Health Updates

    Health advocates scored twin victories this year with the enactment into law of the sin tax reform bill and the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill in both chambers of Congress.


  • Anti-tobacco advocates alarmed over BAT venture in Phl
    16 December 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Anti-tobacco advocates have expressed concern over the $200-million, five-year business venture of the British American Tobacco (BAT) in the Philippines.


  • Tobacco firms investment worries health advocates
    15 December 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines—Health advocates on Friday expressed concern over the decision of British American Tobacco (BAT) to invest $200 million in the Philippines.


  • Health Groups Wary of BAT's US$200 Million Investment
    14 December 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, PHILIPPINES - While health advocates celebrate the ratified Sin Tax bill, British American Tobacco (BAT) takes the opportunity to confirm their five-year investment in the Philippines, woth US$200 milliion.

     


  • Clear out tobacco-related corruption this December 9, say health adcvocates
    6 December 2012 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines. --- President Aquino has declared December 9 as National Anti-Corruption Day, in keeping with the date chosen by the General Assembly of the United

    Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Health advocates are hopeful that the first Philippine Anti-Corruption Day will help clear out the tobacco-related corruption that

    clouds the country’s path towards sustainable public health as well.


  • Health Groups Concerned With Composition of Sin Tax Bicam
    6 December 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines –  With the Sin Tax Bill continuing in bicam later today, health advocates are issuing a challenge to the bicam committee to make deliberations public so those who are really for sickness and death instead of health can be pinpointed.


  • Sin Tax Bicam Approaching, Health Advocates Vigilant
    3 December 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines - In the Bulong Pulungan meeting held on. November 27, 2012 in Sofitel Manila, Sen. Pia Cayetano commented on the latest developments of the Sin Tax Bill.

    With bicameral proceedings rapidly approaching, the Senator says that utmost preparation is necessary to overcome the next set of hurdles in the way of having a strong bill

    passed.


  • Corporate Accountability International (CAI) and Network for the Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) Statement on HealthJustice's Complaint Against the Circumvention of the Advertisement Ban
    3 December 2012 in Press Release

    On Wednesday November 28th, members of HealthJustice, a Philippine public health policy group, filed a legal complaint against Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI) and Fortune Tobacco Corporation (FTC) for circumvention of a law requiring a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.


  • Amended Sin Tax Passed, Lives Saved Reduced
    27 November 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines �� With the passage of the Sin Tax bill in the Senate, health advocates question its effectiveness when it comes to curbing smoking in the country.


  • Tobacco companies named respondents in IAC-T complaint by public health NGO
    22 November 2012 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines. November 22, 2012-- PMFTC Inc., Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI), and Fortune Tobacco Corporation (FTC), along with their directors and officers were named as respondents in a complaint filed by public health policy NGO HealthJustice before the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-T).


  • Countries follow Philippines example in Korea, kick out tobacco
    22 November 2012 in Press Release

    Seoul, Korea, November 22, 2012 -- Days after the Philippines was recognized with an Orchid Award for excluding the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) from its official delegation to the 5th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the COP followed its example by kicking out the public from its closed door committee meetings because of the presence of tobacco industry representatives.


  • End game on sin tax up: Senate vote for the bill seen today
    19 November 2012 in Public Health Updates

    Senator Franklin Drilon, the acting chairman of the Senate ways and means committee, said he expected senators to vote for the passage of the sin tax bill when sessions resume today.


  • Health And Sin Tax Bill
    16 November 2012 in Public Health Updates

    After being widely criticized by health advocates for his sin tax bill that appeared to favor the tobacco industry, Senator Ralph Recto resigned as chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. But not before engaging Senator Frank Drilon in a lengthy debate over the latter’s version of the bill which is expected to yield about R40 to R45 billion in revenues during the first year of implementation.


  • Higher cigarette prices, graphic warnings will lessen number of youth smokers poll
    15 November 2012 in Public Health Updates

    Higher cigarette prices and graphic warnings will lessen the number of youth smokers in the country, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Health Justice Philippines.


  • Groups laud Drilons sin tax bill
    15 November 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Various health groups have expressed their support for the sin tax reform bill version of Sen. Franklin Drilon seeking a two-tier taxation system for tobacco products.


  • Smoking among minors to stop with high prices
    15 November 2012 in Public Health Updates

    ALMOST A million of Filipino youth are "current smokers" and a stick of cigarette priced at ₱10 will force them to stop the habit, said a Social Weather Stations (SWS)-commissioned survey.


  • PHL given Orchid Award by anti-tobacco organization
    15 November 2012 in Public Health Updates

    The Philippines was recently bestowed the Orchid Award by international, anti-tobacco-use organization the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).


  • Philippines bags Orchid Award from WHO for cutting ties to tobacco lobby
    14 November 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines—Talk about “quitting cold turkey.”

    Two years after getting the dubious “Dirty Ashtray Award,” the Philippines was recognized on Tuesday, at a World Health Organization (WHO) conference in Seoul, South Korea, for excluding representatives of the tobacco industry from its official delegation.


  • RP lauded for removing NTA from COP delegation
    13 November 2012 in Public Health Updates

    The Philippines has broken its negative record with the local and international health community for its perceived support of the tobacco industry. 


  • Parties prevail in adopting landmark illicit trade protocol despite industry interference - WHO: Big Tobacco single greatest threat to tobacco treaty
    13 November 2012 in Press Release

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Today delegates from across the world began a week of negotiations to further strengthen the global tobacco treaty – the world’s first public health and corporate accountability treaty - but not without a fight from Big Tobacco. 


  • Philippines given international award for excluding National Tobacco Administration from COP delegation
    12 November 2012 in Press Release

    Seoul, Korea. 12 November 2012 -- The Philippines breaks its negative record with the local and international health community for its perceived support of the tobacco industry. Today, the prestigious Orchid Award was given to the Philippines for excluding the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) from the official delegation to the 5th Conference of Parties (COP5) to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which opened today in Seoul, Korea.


  • P1B for Health Promotion Can Save Millions claim health advocates
    1 November 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – Health advocates band together to express the need for a sustainable health promotion program for the country. More than just the dissemination

    of health information, health promotion aims to provide a healthier environment that is accessible to all Filipinos to help them make better decisions and control over their

    health.


  • Health Groups to Tobacco Farmers: We are not your enemy
    31 October 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines - With the recent celebration  of World Tobacco Growers Day, tobacco farmers slammed the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), claiming that they have always been consistenly deaf to the plight of the tobacco farmers and stakeholders. However, November 12-17, health representatives from all over the world will converge in Seoul, South Korea for the 5th Conference of Parties (COP5) to discuss the FCTC. Part of its agenda includes Articles 17 and 18, which ensures the protection of robacco farmers.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • World Tobacco Growers Day, a ploy against health?
    29 October 2012 in Press Release

    The International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) aims to celebrate World Tobacco Growers Day. Ideally an event to recognize tobacco farmers worldwide, the timing of this

    Congress proves suspicious for some health advocates.


  • Tobacco firms win legal battles in PH
    26 October 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - In the Philippines, the national government has its hands full -- not with implementing tobacco regulation but with court cases meant to stop its efforts


  • Health groups to government: Save the Philippines from another embarrassment in the international arena
    24 October 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – Should the Philippines be holding its breath for another blow of criticism from the international community? On November 13, delegates from the Philippines will be heading to South Korea for the 5th Conference of Parties (COP5) to discuss the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This is the same conference where the Philippines previously received shameful awards for allegedly purporting the interests of the tobacco industry instead of its agenda: public health.


  • Low cigarette prices lure children into smoking addiction, shows survey Young smokers to quit if cigarettes sell at P10 per stick
    18 October 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines - A recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) shows that the country’s low cigarette prices is a huge factor in getting children

    to start smoking at an early age. The survey, which gathered data for the period of August this year, further showed that the average age of initiation to smoking is as

    early as 15 years old. This is despite the fact that there is a prohibition of selling of cigarettes to minors.


  • Alls well that ends well on sin tax reform bill?
    18 October 2012 in Public Health Updates

    FOUR Palace officials who supposedly accused Sen. Ralph Recto of receiving lobby money from tobacco firms yesterday apologized to the former chair of the Senate ways and means committee, saying they were misquoted by media.


  • Health advocates to lawmakers: Be wary when dealing with the tobacco industry
    18 October 2012 in Press Release

    “Senator Recto says it’s okay to meet with the industry – it’s not as simple as that. The basic tenet of Philippine law is to protect public health policies against the tobacco industry’s commercial interests,” said Atty. Evita Ricafort, Project Manager at public health NGO HealthJustice.


  • Now or never: health advocates urge Senate on sin tax
    17 October 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – In a shocking turn of events, Sen. Recto heeds health advocatesʼ call for him to resign as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. The committee

    report he proposed to the Senate drew tremendous ire from human rights and tobacco control groups all over the world.


  • NGOs funded by Bloomberg slam Recto's assault: Dont blame us for working to save Filipino lives
    16 October 2012 in Press Release

    16 October 2012. Manila, Philippines –- After declaring himself as the “national punching bag of the week,” Senator Ralph Recto receives more blows of criticism from the civil

    society for attacking health and human rights groups funded by Mayor Bloomberg of New York City.


  • Health secretaries all against Recto sin tax bill
    14 October 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines—The country’s health secretaries—past and present—are all solidly behind the drive to increase the sin taxes on tobacco products to avoid a projected lung cancer pandemic hitting the country in the next 10 years.


  • Santiago gobsmacked after Rectos diluted sin tax bill
    12 October 2012 in Public Health Updates

    Pointed missiles flew the way of Sen. Ralph Recto yesterday for producing a greatly diluted sin tax bill or Senate bill 3299 with his colleague Sen. Miriam Santiago claiming of being “gobsmacked-speechless” with Recto’s sponsored bill compared with the original Senate bill 3249 or “An Act restructuring the excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco products” that Santiago sponsored.
     


  • Watered down Sin Tax Bill Compromises Health
    11 October 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines, October 11 - In Sen. Recto’s sponsorship speech on October 10, 2012, he says that “The danger of pushing taxes up too much is that it may reach the point

    of diminishing tax returns. As in any product, a higher tax rate does not automatically result in higher collections.”


  • Lawyers, doctors dub Sen. Recto the "anti-health senator"
    11 October 2012 in Press Release

    Manila, 11 October: "Senator Recto does not want to protect Filipino children from cancer," said Atty. Chicco Castro of the New Vois Association of the Philippines, an organization

    of laryngeal-cancer survivors.


  • Groups push pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs
    10 October 2012 in Public Health Updates

    ANTI-CIGARETTE smoking campaigners on Tuesday expressed support behind the latest push to enact a law mandating graphic health warnings on cigarette packs in the country.                                                              


  • Public health is the 'sweet spot'
    5 October 2012 in Public Health Updates

    Much more important than the millions of pesos expected from a genuine reform on the current tobacco tax structure (as proposed in a current bill being debated in the Senate) are the millions of lives that would be spared from the deadly sin of cigar and cigarette smoking.


  • NYC warns youth vs exposure to smoking
    5 October 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The National Youth Commission (NYC) yesterday warned against exposing the youth to smoking because they can easily pick up the habit and get addicted to it.


  • Youth smokers at risk for early death
    2 October 2012 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines, October 2: "The youth, especially those still in school, should not be exposed to the habit of smoking. They are impressionable and can easily pick up the

    habit set for them by their friends, family, and authority figures,�� says Commissioner Leon Flores of the National Youth Commission.


  • Over 50 NGOs reject tobacco industry help, stating True Progress is Tobacco-Free
    21 September 2012 in Press Release

    “For tobacco companies to even offer us donations is insulting.”


  • Health, cancer survivor groups say True Progress is Tobacco-Free
    15 September 2012 in Press Release

    Amidst contrasting opinions regarding the fate of the sin tax bill in the Senate, an increasing number of non-government organizations are making a definitive stand on the tobacco issue: “There are no healthy relationships where the tobacco industry is concerned,” they say in a strongly worded manifesto entitled “True Progress is Tobacco-Free”; it that has been signed by over 50 developmental NGOs coming from different sectors of Philippine society.       


  • Thai doctor: Sin tax a boon to Thailand
    10 September 2012 in Public Health Updates

    The Philippine government would have generated revenue enough to build a new sky train system had it followed the lead of Thailand in imposing higher taxes on alcohol and tobacco products, a visiting Thai tobacco expert said on Friday.


  • An appeal to lawmakers
    9 September 2012 in Public Health Updates

    SMOKING CAUSES impotence and blindness, according to recent studies. The health hazards are numerous.


  • The other side of the smoking coin
    7 September 2012 in Public Health Updates

    After earlier writing about the rights of smokers, I received an invitation this week to meet with a former senator from Thailand who is now an anti-smoking advocate.


  • Addicted
    6 September 2012 in Public Health Updates

    “Smoking is an abnormal action for a human being,” says former Thai Sen. Prakit Vathesatogkit. “When you see smoke and feel its choking effect, it’s an instinct not just for people but even for animals to run away from it and seek fresh air.” But people who light up cigarettes or cigars voluntarily and even avidly inhale smoke into their throats and lungs before exhaling it. And once someone starts smoking, says Dr. Prakit, in less than a year, he or she will become addicted.


  • P188.8 Billion Per Year Lost to Tobacco-Related Diseases
    31 August 2012 in Press Release

    “We are facing a silent disaster,” says Dr. Antonio Dans, professor at the University of

    the Philippines College of Medicine at the latest hearing of the Committee on Ways and

    Means to discuss tax reform laws.


  • Tobacco smuggling not an effect of price increase
    24 August 2012 in Press Release

    At the last hearing of the Senate Ways and Means Committee to review bills calling for

    the reform of tobacco excise tax, the tobacco industry presented their recommendations

    for the legislative body to consider. The tobacco industry opposed high taxes, reasoning

    that this will encourage smuggling. They claim that a price hike would drive consumers

    to purchase from the black market, which would mean loss of profit for the industry and

    no tax collected for the government.


  • Health advocates to PMFTC: Suspending Carabuena does not clean up your act
    22 August 2012 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines -- After the release of a controversial video involving Philip Morris executive Robert Blair Carabuena as he berated and manhandled MMDA traffic enforcer Saturnino Fabros, a petition calling on the tobacco company to fire Carabuena for his actions has taken effect.   Philip Morris released a statement effectively washing their hands of Carabuena, stating that he was on his personal time and not on duty for the company, and reiterating that PMFTC “does not condone inappropriate conduct by any of our employees”. Health advocates were quick to remind the community that Carabuena’s antics are the least of PMFTC’s transgressions. 
     


  • Filipinos Among Worlds Top Smokers Survey
    26 June 2012 in Public Health Updates

    By JENNY F. MANONGDO

    MANILA, Philippines – Despite the existence of laws that limit smoking, male Filipino smokers are among the top smokers in the world occupying the ninth spot following India and China among others, data from the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation revealed on Tuesday.


  • Philippine government receives ill-famed award from international network
    25 June 2012 in Press Release

    The Philippines received unwanted attention from the international community after the Network for the Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), a collective of over 100 organizations spanning 50 countries, and Corporate Accountability International, a non-profit organization with over 100,000 individual members world-wide, gave the Philippines’ Inter-agency Committee - Tobacco (IAC-T) a “Marlboro Man” award. The said award is given annually to government agencies perceived to have been compromised by and to have been furthering tobacco industry interests.


  • NGOs Laud Anti-Tobacco Initiative
    19 June 2012 in Public Health Updates

    Anti-tobacco groups lauded the Bureau of Internal Revenue for banning tobacco companies from participating in the bid to supply security stamps for tobacco products as part of efforts to curb cigarette smuggling and increase revenue.


  • Health groups laud BIR policy on cigarette stamp security
    19 June 2012 in Public Health Updates

    HEALTH groups campaigning against cigarette smoking on Tuesday lauded the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for its plan to disqualify cigarette companies in the public bidding for product-security technology for tobacco products.


  • Health advocates laud BIR policy on cigarette stamp security
    19 June 2012 in Press Release

    The Bureau of Internal Revenue issued a statement that it is now in the process of finalizing Terms of Reference governing eligibility of groups to propose product security technology for tobacco products. Even at this early stage, congratulations have been pouring in from members of the health community. These come days after BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said that cigarette companies will be excluded from the public bidding.


  • Cancer, smoking and taxes
    31 May 2012 in Public Health Updates

    Some 300,000 Filipinos die due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) each year, comprising about 60 percent of the total annual death toll in the country.


  • CSOs ask lawmakers: Are you for health or tobacco?
    30 May 2012 in Press Release

    Private citizens put the pressure on lawmakers for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day on May 31

    Manila, Philippines. -- Days after the Senate impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona, two civil society organizations (CSOs) turn to legislators for answers once more: good-governance watchdog Tao Po! and public health advocacy group HealthJustice Philippines join together to ask members of the Congress and the Senate their position on tobacco control.


  • Graphic health warnings on cigar packs sought anew
    23 May 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - An anti-tobacco group is again pushing for graphic health warnings on cigarette packs.


  • Where are the health warnings? (2)
    23 May 2012 in Public Health Updates

    Anti-smoking advocates yesterday renewed their call for government to put picture-based health warnings on cigarette packs.


  • Extremists man the barricades
    23 May 2012 in Public Health Updates

    Last week’s passage of an amended “Sin Tax” measure by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means may yet turn out to be an empty victory for health advocates. Health Justice, a tobacco control advocacy group, has circulated the results of an analysis of the version approved “overwhelmingly” by the Committee.


  • Health advocates to Ungab: Study the numbers
    23 May 2012 in Press Release

    Health advocates urged Davao Representative Isidro Ungab to look at the figures to see the weakened impact on public health due to amendments to the sin tax bill.   Ungab says there would be no more meetings with stakeholders and told them to put their comments in writing instead.


  • Australia and New Zealand - 10, Philippines 0
    22 May 2012 in Press Release

    In the field of cigarette packaging, Australia and New Zealand are ready to implement plain packaging; Philippines still struggling for picture warnings


    In an unprecedented initiative, the Australian government passed legislation that would make branding and logos on any tobacco products a crime. Starting December 12, 2012, cigarettes are to be sold in drab brown packaging with giant graphic health warnings covering about 75%  packs. One can only tell the brand from their names in the same font and size for all brands. In response, top cigarette manufacturers Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Imperial, and Japan Tobacco filed lawsuits against the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act (TPP) with the Australian High Court.


  • Health care for all
    20 May 2012 in Press Release

    One of the most important things a government can do for its people is to provide adequate health care.  Look around you, especially in barangay health centers, and see the long lines of people everywhere, young and old, seeking medical assistance.


  • More young Filipinos smoking, says report
    17 May 2012 in Public Health Updates

    It is not just “noynoying” that young Filipinos are adopting from President Benigno Aquino III’s known habit.


  • 'Sin' tax reform's objectives compromised, health advocates claim
    11 May 2012 in Press Release

    HEALTH ADVOCATES have slammed the amended version of the “sin” tax bill approved by the House ways and means committee earlier this week, claiming the measure’s objectives have been compromised.


  • Alcohol, cigarettes, and senseless deaths: 29 year old man dies in Philip Morris-sponsored drinking contest
    23 April 2012 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines -- Is any latest gadget, designer watch, or cash prize enough to replace a life?
     
    Last Good Friday, an alcohol-drinking contest held along White Beach, Puerto Galera killed its second place winner Niño Maralit after consuming 32 shots of hard liquor. News reports on the tragedy referred to a beer-drinking event sponsored by a nameless tobacco firm. Sources reveal that the said tobacco firm has been identified to be Philip Morris, which conducted a ‘shooters’ contest where contestants who consumed the most number of shots wins the prizes at stake.


  • Secondhand Smoke Affects Young Girls More Than Boys: Study
    1 April 2012 in Public Health Updates

    The health effects of early life exposure to secondhand smoke appear to be greater in girls than in boys, a new study finds.


  • Health Justice honored for anti-smoking drive
    1 April 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino non-governmental organization won the prestigious Bloomberg Awards for Global Tobacco Control during the recent 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore.


  • Newsbreak, ABS-CBN cited for tobacco reporting
    29 March 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines - Philippine advocacy group HealthJustice recognized lawmakers, media groups and anti-tobacco groups for their efforts to fight the tobacco industry.


  • Number of smokers continues to rise
    28 March 2012 in Public Health Updates

    DESPITE higher prices and scary scientific studies showing that smoking often leads to cancer, the number of smokers continues to rise globally, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which advocates against smoking.


  • Philippine NGO HealthJustice wins Bloomberg award
    26 March 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA -- HealthJustice Philippines has been singled out to receive the Bloomberg Awards for demonstrating excellent progress or achievement in monitoring the epidemic and prevention policies as required by the World Health Organization in the MPOWER policies.


  • HealthJustice wins prestigious Bloomberg award
    24 March 2012 in Press Release

    MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino organization actively working to reduce the tobacco epidemic has been selected to receive the Bloomberg Awards.


  • Why Mike Bloomberg loves this Pinoy group
    23 March 2012 in Press Release

    SINGAPORE - Remember the first day the Philippines' Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) implemented the smoking ban in public spaces last July 2011?


  • PHL NGO awarded by NY Mayor Bloomberg for anti-tobacco fight
    22 March 2012 in Press Release

    Singapore - A small Philippine advocacy group was honored at a major international conference in this city-state Thursday for its fight against the tobacco industry.


  • Bloomberg Philanthropies Honors Heroes Leading the Fight Against Big Tobacco
    22 March 2012 in Press Release

    Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today the winners of the Bloomberg Awards for Global Tobacco Control. The awards ceremony took place today in Singapore at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, led by Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and Mayor of New York City.


  • YOUTH can make a difference! The Filipino youth join participants from 124 countries in a commitment to choose health over tobacco
    22 March 2012 in Press Release

    Last March 19-20, 2012, an event entitled “Towards a tobacco-free world: YOUTH can make a difference” at the 15th  Conference on Tobacco or Health 2012 was held at Suntec City Convention Center, Singapore.


  • Manila lifts indoor smoking ban for tobacco trade fair delegates
    16 March 2012 in Public Health Updates

    HUNDREDS of anti-smoking advocates on Thursday picketed a large international tobacco fair in the Philippines, a country that has drawn more attention from the industry as Western nations pile on restrictions and taxes.


  • Former cabinet members push 'sin tax' reform measure
    15 March 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Former secretaries of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Finance (DOF) yesterday signed a manifesto in support of House Bill 5727 or the sin tax reform bill, saying health should come before trade.


  • HealthJustice Calls for Vigilance as the ProTobEx Convention Comes to Manila
    15 March 2012 in Press Release

    For months now, many tobacco industry representatives have been continuously lauding the Pro Tobacco Expo Asia’s (ProTobEx Asia) choice to hold the first Asian tobacco convention in Manila this March 2012. ProTobEx is one of the largest tobacco exhibitions and has been touted to attract tobacco industry professionals from all corners of the world. The organizers have given a number of reasons why Manila was an ideal choice for a tobacco industry event of this magnitude, including the Philippines’ long and dynamic history of cultivating tobacco and producing cigarettes and how the domestic industry has resolutely lent its support to the staging of the event.


  • Urges boycott of intl trade expo on tobacco
    14 March 2012 in Public Health Updates

    INTERNATIONAL health organizations and anti-tobacco advocates yesterday joined Philippine counterparts in pressuring the Aquino government to stay away from the ProTobEx/Inter-Tabac Asia 2012 to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) starting tomorrow.


  • WHO, SEATCA back higher tobacco taxes
    14 March 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - International groups World Health Organization (WHO) and Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) have backed efforts to raise tobacco taxes to reduce cigarette consumption in the Philippines.


  • Former secretaries rally behind governments tax-reform bill
    14 March 2012 in Public Health Updates

    FORMER finance and health secretaries on Wednesday rallied behind House Bill 5727, citing the need to “fix” the current excise-tax structure on so-called sin products and prevent various health problems brought about by cigarette smoking and liquor drinking.


  • HealthJustice lauds DepEd for choosing health over tobacco
    14 March 2012 in Press Release

    Each day, between 82,000 and 99,000 young people around the world start smoking.  Research shows that of that number, over 30% will continue to be smokers in their adulthood and are projected to die early of a smoking-related illness.  And it only gets worse from there. It has been proven that those who begin smoking below age 21 have the hardest time quitting.  9 out of 10 smokers start smoking even before they turn 18. 


  • DOH pushes for graphic health warning on cigars
    9 March 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Health Secretary Enrique Ona assured the people yesterday that the Department of Health (DOH) will continue advocating the printing of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs even if House Bill 5727 or the sin tax reform bill for tobacco and alcohol products is passed.


  • Register for the World Conference on Tobacco or Health 2012
    27 February 2012

    The 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) 2012 is the premier, international conference on tobacco control that is set to take place in Singapore from 20 - 24 March 2012.

     


  • No profit for tobacco farmers in current system
    15 February 2012 in Press Release

    Whenever tobacco control measures are put forth by the government, such as reforming the country’s current excise tobacco tax system, claims about the farmers losing their livelihood always arise. The reality of tobacco farming in the country, however, shows otherwise.


  • Inaction' On Smoking Violations Questioned
    30 January 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — A senator has scored the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-T) for its dismal performance in ensuring that the law regulating smoking in the country is strictly enforced.


  • 'Can you prevent a heart attack?'
    24 January 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — A: A heart attack or myocardial infarction is the most common fatal manifestation of heart disease. It occurs when a blood vessel (coronary artery) that supplies the heart tissues with oxygen gets completely clogged and results in the death of the heart tissues that the artery supplies. It is often the end result of an underlying coronary artery disease, a condition in which the coronary arteries get narrowed because of deposition of cholesterol and other fatty materials in their walls.


  • Anti-tobacco group urges LGUs to phase out smoking areas
    21 January 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -  Thailand-based Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) urged yesterday local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines to phase out smoking areas


  • HealthJustice Philippines
    21 January 2012 in Contact Us

     

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    (+632) 709 6503

    info@healthjustice.ph

    healthjustice.ph@gmail.com


  • What We Do
    20 January 2012 in What We Do

    HealthJustice achieves its goals through policy research, alliance formation, capacity building, and information dissemination for priority public health policies. Currently, we are working on pushing for reforms on tobacco taxation, health promotion, graphic health warnings, and a smoke-free environment.


  • MMDA sets 'smoking cessation' clinic
    20 January 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — In line with its anti-smoking campaign, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has established a clinic at its main office to help employees who are having difficulty to quit the habit of smoking.


  • International group congratulates Pasig for strong smoke-free ordinance encourages other LGUs to follow suit
    20 January 2012 in Press Release

    20 January 2012. Manila, Philippines. Are local government units fulfilling their obligations to protect the right to health of their constituents from the ill effects of tobacco? Health advocates highly commend the city government of Pasig for doing so.


  • Invest on health, start the year right
    20 January 2012 in Press Release

    2011 has just come to an end. After all the get-togethers, excessive food, inconspicuous consumption of cigarettes and alcohol, sedentary lifestyles, and other sorts of celebrations during the holiday season, what better way to start 2012 than by investing on our population’s health?


  • 'Some jobs expose workers to cancer risk'
    19 January 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - A cancer expert from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) has warned that some occupations may place workers at risk of developing cancer.


  • Quitting smoking cuts risk of lung cancer, other diseases experts
    19 January 2012 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines – Stop smoking and lessen your predisposition to lung cancer.


  • Pasig to phase out smoking areas by 2014
    17 January 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - In a bid to strengthen its campaign against smoking, the local government of Pasig City wants to remove smoking areas from public and private establishments.


  • 10 ways to make healthy habits stick
    17 January 2012 in Public Health Updates

    Whether you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or you’re trying (again) to quit smoking, changing any lifestyle behavior is notoriously difficult. Some people feel unsure of how to go about it. Others start off strong, only to revert to old ways within a matter of time.


  • Stop smoking, pulmonology experts urge
    17 January 2012 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Stop smoking and lessen your predisposition to lung cancer.


  • Philippines, Myanmar are ASEANs odd ones out in the race towards graphic health warnings
    13 January 2012 in Press Release

    Which countries light up the most? The latest reports state that Serbia tops the world list with each Serbian smoking an average of 2,861 cigarettes yearly.   Among ASEAN nations, Indonesia ranks the highest with 53.3 million smokers. By comparison, each of the 17.3 million Filipino smokers smoke an average of 838 sticks annually. Serbia and Indonesia have at least done something about their extremely high smoking statistics: both countries have implemented laws mandating graphic health warnings (GHWs) on cigarette packs. In spite of 240 Filipino deaths caused by tobacco daily, the Philippines still has not.


  • Who We Are
    7 January 2012 in Who We Are

    HealthJustice Philippines is a non-governmental organization founded in 2009 that aims to bridge the gap between public health and law.  in the country to enable Filipinos to make informed and empowered health choices. The organization is committed to be the leading resource in research and capacity-building for priority public health policies. We envision a population that is free from health risks and has equal access to health.

     

     


  • DoH pursues drive against smoking
    20 December 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Health officials said Tuesday they support the decision of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to pursue the smoking ban in areas covered by Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.


  • QC smokers support cigarette price increase
    18 December 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - A recent survey of smokers in Quezon City conducted by the University of the Philippines Communication Research Society showed that 73 percent of smokers agree to increase the prices of cigarettes to prevent the youth from smoking.


  • Smokers wont mind hike in cigarette prices poll
    18 December 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A recent survey of smokers in Quezon City conducted by the University of the Philippines Communication Research Society showed that 73 percent of smokers agree to increase the prices of cigarettes to prevent the youth from smoking.


  • Study says 54 of smokers will quit if prices are doubled
    17 December 2011 in Public Health Updates

    IF the price of a stick of cigarette is increased to P10 each from the current P5, it would either stop or decrease smoking among smokers interviewed during the survey conducted by the University of the Philippines Communication Research Society.


  • Bicol congratulated for upholding tobacco advertising ban
    7 December 2011 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines. Top tourist destination Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) was found to have outdoor parasols and tents bearing the logo of Marlboro, one of the cigarette brands of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC). Department of Health Center for Health Development and the local government of Camarines Sur quickly took action and removed the parasols and tents as these go against RA 9211 or Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003. Section 23(g) of RA 9211 prohibits distribution or selling of merchandise displaying the name, logo, or indicia of a cigarette brand such as, but not limited to, tshirts, caps, sweatshirts, visors, backpacks, sunglasses, writing implements, and umbrellas.


  • Cigarette addiction increasing among high school students
    7 December 2011 in Press Release

    Cigarette smoking has become so prevalent in the country that high school students have now become heavy consumers.


  • Smoking cessation clinic ng DoH
    1 December 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines – Hinimok ni Department of Health (DoH) Regional Director Eduardo Janairo ang mga pampubliko at pribadong ahensiya na makibahagi sa pagsusumikap ng gobyerno na mabawasan ang tobacco dependence at maglagay pa ng mas maraming “smoking cessation clinics” o SCC para sa mga naninigarilyo sa kani-kanilang tanggapan.


  • WHO seeks united stand vs. big tobacco companies
    30 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries, including the Philippines, that are pushing tougher tobacco control to make a united stand against big tobacco companies that are harassing them into softening their position against smoking.


  • WHO, Big Tobacco draw line on global battle
    28 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The World Health Organization (WHO) called on countries pushing tougher tobacco control to make a united stand against Big Tobacco companies that are harassing them into softening their position against the deadly vice of smoking.


  • WHO: Resist tobacco firms' suits
    28 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on governments to be firm against efforts of big tobacco companies opposing new laws that may affect their sales.


  • COA questions Abras use of tobacco excise tax share
    28 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Commission on Audit (COA) has found lapses in the disbursement by Abra province of its share from the tobacco excise tax, noting, among others, that tobacco farmers’ groups were not given priority in the use of the fund.


  • Veteran car racer supports anti-smoking fun run
    23 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Multiple Philippine GT and Touring Car champion Alvin Ng takes his anti-smoking advocacy to the next level by joining “Kick the Habit 2: Love and Run to a Healthy Lifestyle” on Nov 26 at Quirino Grandstand.


  • Anti-smoking flyers distributed in QC
    21 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Quezon City smoke-free task force member Dr. Rowell Romulo distributes anti-smoking flyers and stickers to inform the public about the provisions of Republic Act 9211, otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.


  • Help us plant other crops tobacco farmers
    21 November 2011 in Press Release

    Incidents of “green tobacco sickness” and other diseases related to the farmers’ exposure to tobacco are steadily increasing through the recent years. More and more farmers are now realizing that the detrimental costs of planting tobacco far outweigh the economic benefits. As such, there is a growing trend of shifting to alternative crops and other forms of livelihood among these farmers.


  • Nobody dies for stopping smoking
    16 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    I was a cigarette addict for 20 years, consuming three packs a day. I tried everything to stop smoking—from gradual withdrawal to candy substitution, but to no avail. I developed smoker’s cough and I thought, pretty soon, I would be having lung cancer, after which would be the start of the journey to “Kingdom Come.”


  • Watch out, QC smokers Bistek is watching you
    14 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Quezon City government will begin issuing citation tickets to violators of the city’s ban on smoking within the QC Hall compound starting January next year.


  • QC readies smoking violators' tickets
    12 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Starting January 2012, the Quezon City (QC) government will issue citation tickets to violators of the city’s ban on smoking within the city hall compound.


  • Lim, MMDA chairman lead launching of anti-smoking campaign in Manila
    12 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino yesterday led the launching of the city-wide anti-smoking awareness campaign in Manila dubbed “11.11.11 Smoke-Free Sa Maynila” at the Bonifacio Shrine beside the city hall.


  • Australia poised to fight big tobacco in courts
    10 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government says it's ready to fight big tobacco companies in court over the administration's plan to ban logos and other advertising on cigarette packs.


  • Cesar leads anti-smoking fun run
    9 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Anti-smoking advocate Cesar Montano will lead the Kick the Habit 2: Love and Run to a Healthy Lifestyle, a health and anti-smoking campaign through running, on Nov. 26  at the Quirino Grandstand, Manila. Assembly time is 4 a.m. while gun start is at 6 a.m. The fun run has four distances: 1K, 3K, 5K and 10K. Now on its second year, last year’s event was participated by more than 1,200 anti-smoking advocates and running enthusiasts.


  • More young Pinays take to smoking tobacco study
    9 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Young women in the Philippines who have taken up smoking is increasing at an alarming rate, a recent study of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance showed.
    The study, which was conducted in 2009 and released on Wednesday, revealed that affordable cigarettes contribute to the increasing number of female smokers in the country.


  • Tobacco foes mark victory for health
    8 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Antismoking advocates are celebrating a recent court decision that would give the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more regulatory control and supervision over tobacco products in the country.


  • Affordable Cigarettes Contribute to Increasing Number of Female Smokers in the Philippines
    8 November 2011 in Press Release

    The increasing number of Filipino girls and women smoking cigarettes is becoming an alarming statistic for the country.  In a 2009 study by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), the Philippines ranked the highest in the survey of girls and young women who have ever smoked a cigarette.  The study also showed a significant increase in smoking among girls 13- 15 years old.


  • Anti-smoking backers score in tobacco war
    8 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    AFTER a string of setbacks, anti-smoking advocates scored a victory, albeit a small one, when a Las Pinas regional trial court denied a petition of the Philippine Tobacco Institute to stop the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration from enforcing any form of regulation or supervision on tobacco products.


  • Anti-smoking backers score in tobacco war
    5 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    AFTER a string of setbacks, anti-smoking advocates scored a victory, albeit a small one, when a Las Pinas regional trial court denied a petition of the Philippine Tobacco Institute to stop the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration from enforcing any form of regulation or supervision on tobacco products.


  • Manila ordinance to ban sin ads
    5 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA 4TH district Councilor DJ Bagatsing has proposed to the City Council an ordinance which prohibits the advertisements of cigarettes and alcoholic drinks and other sin products near schools.


  • Ynares bans smoking in Capitol
    3 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Philippines — Committed to promote wellness in the province by adapting the government’s health measures, the provincial government here has enforced a no-smoking zone within the provincial capitol.


  • Philippines is making strides in its campaign against tobacco use
    2 November 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is gaining headway in its flight against tobacco use. It has been cited by the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), representing 350 non-government organizations in more than 100 countries that support the World Health Organization-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC), for “taking concrete steps toward protecting its citizens from the global epidemic that is caused by tobacco use.”


  • Dambuhalang ashtray, ikakalat sa Metro
    29 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Maglalagay ng 42 malalaking tapunan ng upos ng sigarilyo o cigarette bins ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sa mga pangunahing lansangan na hindi sakop ng probisyon ng batas sa ilalim ng Tobacco Regulations Act.


  • Injunction sa anti-smoking, binatikos
    29 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Nagpahayag ng pagkadismaya ang isang health group sa temporary restraining order na ipinalabas ng isang korte sa Mandaluyong City na nagpipigil sa pagpapatupad ng polisiyang “anti-smoking” ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).


  • Anti-smokers suffer 2nd court setback
    28 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A MANDALUYONG court yesterday issued a writ of preliminary injunction on the anti-smoking campaign in public places of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).


  • Doctors exhort public to take stand against smoking
    28 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    DOCTORS are not about to take an anti-smoking ban injunction sitting down.

    The Philippine Medical Association has called on the public to stand up for their “basic right to breath clean, healthy, and smoke-free air.”


  • Health advocates hit Mandaluyong judge for halting MMDA antismoking ordinance
    28 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    As expected, health groups lambasted Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Judge Carlos Valenzuela who has stopped the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority from implementing an antismoking ordinance pending the resolution of a complaint filed by two men apprehended earlier for violating the regulation.


  • Court stops smoking ban implementation
    28 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines – The Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a writ of preliminary injunction against the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from implementing its smoking ban.


  • MMDA boss disgusted over courts order stopping smoking ban
    27 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino yesterday expressed dismay over reports that a writ of preliminary injunction was issued last Oct. 25 by Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 21 Judge Carlos Valenzuela ordering the agency to refrain from apprehending violators of the Tobacco Regulation Act in places not within the law’s coverage.


  • Another setback for anti-smoking drive
    27 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Metro Manila Development Authority suffered yet another setback in its fight to enforce a metro-wide smoking ban after a Mandaluyong regional trial court issued a writ of preliminary injunction against the agency’s campaign.


  • MMDA dismayed over injunction on smoking ban
    27 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino yesterday expressed dismay over the preliminary injunction issued by Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 213 Judge Carlos Valenzuela on the arrest of persons smoking along the major and minor roads of Metro Manila and along sidewalks.


  • MMDA sets up cigarette bins
    27 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Thursday started to set up cigarette bins along major thoroughfares and areas not listed in Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, where smokers can smoke and throw away their cigarette butts.


  • Group questions smoking ban injunction
    27 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Health groups Thursday expressed disappointment over the injunction issued by a Mandaluyong court Wednesday against the anti-smoking policy of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).


  • Court puffs out MMDA anti-smoking ban
    26 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A LOCAL court on Tuesday has thrown cold water and puffed out to a whiff of smoke the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ban on smoking in Metro Manila.


  • MMDA drive vs smokers stopped
    25 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Cigarette smokers can huff and puff all they want—at least, for now.

    On Monday, Judge Carlos Valenzuela of the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court Branch 213 issued a writ of preliminary injunction against the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), effectively stopping the agency’s ongoing crackdown against people who smoke in public.


  • FDA and DOH triumph over tobacco
    19 October 2011 in Press Release

    Tobacco control advocates rejoice over the recent vindication of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the case that was filed against them by Philippine Tobacco Institute (PTI). PTI filed a petition to stop DOH and FDA from enforcing any form of regulation or supervision on tobacco products as dictated in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act of 9711 or FDA Act of 2009. The Las Piñas court denied PTI’s petition for lack of merit.


  • WTO cigarette compliance framework OKd
    19 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has agreed that Thailand’s compliance with the WTO ruling on tax treatment to Philippine cigarette exports be done within a reasonable period of time (RPT) without definite timetable.


  • Phl, Thailand agree on time frame for WTO ruling compliance
    19 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines and Thailand mutually agreed on a reasonable period of time to comply with the ruling of the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Thailand’s tax treatment of Philippine cigarette exports.


  • DTI allows phased Thai compliance on WTO rule
    18 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The government will allow a staggered implementation by Thailand of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling requiring it to lower tariff barriers against cigarettes imported from the Philippines.


  • Largest tobacco control organization reminds over 300 government officials of obligation to international treaty
    15 October 2011 in Press Release

    Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), an international association of more than 350 non-governmental organizations from more than 100 countries working collectively to support the WHO FCTC wrote a letter to all members of the Philippine Congress, Senate, Justices of Supreme Court, and President Benigno Aquino III. The WHO FCTC is the first international public health treaty that the Philippines ratified in 2005 along with 173 other countries to protect present and future generations from the global tobacco epidemic.


  • Self-discipline helps stop smoking
    13 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    COTABATO CITY, Philippines (PIA) – “Self-discipline is the best way to quit cigarette smoking. I have been smoking for quite a long time until I completely stopped last 2003 due to health problem,” said City Mayor Japal “Jojo” Guiani Jr. in a press conference after the recent launching of “Smoking-Free City.”


  • Anti-smokers suffer major setback
    10 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE temporary restraining order on the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s "no smoking" policy has raised concern not only in the National Capital Region but also in the international community.


  • Philippines cited for drive vs smoking
    9 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The government has been lauded by the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), which represents 350 non-government organizations (NGOs) from around the world, for implementing measures to protect the health of Filipinos against tobacco smoke.


  • Editorial Photo
    8 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

     

     

     


  • Seminar set for enforcers of smoking ban in QC
    7 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    In a bid to strictly enforce a no-smoking policy in Quezon City, the local health department has conducted an orientation and seminar on Republic Act 9211, otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulations Act of 2003, and tobacco-related issues for the personnel of the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS).


  • Smoking kills 10 Pinoys every hour
    4 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    So estimates the World Health Organization. So surfaces the big danger to the life of smokers. So warns different medical associations about the inherent menace of even but the so-called “second hand” smoke coming from someone’s tobacco consumption. And for all intents and purposes, the Department of Health as well as local medical research entities agrees to the moral effect of smoking — to the smokers themselves as well as those who inhale the smoke they blow and spread around. There are immediate conclusions to this established truth and standing reality.


  • Quezon City forms team to go after stubborn smokers at city hall
    3 October 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The next time you’re at Quezon City Hall, think before you light that cigarette.

    The Quezon City government will be forming a team to go after people who smoke inside city hall despite a ban.


  • Ambivalence on anti-smoking
    30 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    More than the issue of management style and prerogative, there is the bigger problem that comes with a growing perception that our secretary of health is not all that supportive to critical health issues.


  • Ricketts: I don't smoke
    30 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Optical Media Board (OMB) chairman Ronnie Ricketts yesterday again protested a report claiming he was almost arrested for smoking in public in Nueva Vizcaya.


  • QC steps up smoking ban
    29 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City (QC) government Thursday stepped up its no-smoking campaign to include local city officials, city hall employees, contractual workers, the public transacting business in the city hall and visitors. They will be strictly barred from smoking inside non-designated smoking areas of the city hall premises.


  • Smoke-free casino icon for healthy lifestyle
    29 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    SAN FERNANDO CITY—A smoke-free casino operating in this city has become the unlikely icon for a crusade devoted to healthy lifestyles.


  • 8 steps to quit smoking
    29 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    SMOKING kills. It is that plain and simple. There is no more doubt today that tobacco (cigarette smoking) is the predominant cause of lung cancer, besides other malignancies and cardiovascular diseases that maim, kill men and women and hurt our society, especially our children. In the United States alone, almost half a million die each year from smoking-related illnesses. These are preventable deaths! Demographic studies have shown that smokers are about 10 times more prone to die premature deaths than non-smokers. This unnecessary loss of lives is at an immense direct cost for non-smokers in terms of increased health risks from passive smoking, in higher health insurance premiums and taxes, not to mention personal and family tragedies in all shapes and forms.


  • Young smokers gave the price of 5 pesos per stick, UP students clarify
    28 September 2011 in Press Release

    Responding to recent reports attributing to HealthJustice Philippines the proposal to increase cigarette price to 5 pesos per stick so young people will quit smoking, the University of the Philippines Communication Research Society (UP-CommResSoc), the student organization that conducted the survey, clarified that young respondents were the ones who indicated 5 pesos per stick as the price that will make them stop buying cigarettes.


  • Global Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases: Health Promotion, tobacco control should be high on government agenda
    27 September 2011 in Press Release

    Health Promotion, tobacco control should be high on government agenda– UN Secretary General reiterates in the global summit on Non-Communicable Diseases


  • Ricketts denies smoking in public
    27 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Optical Media Board chairman Ronnie Ricketts cried foul yesterday over a report alleging that he was almost arrested for smoking in a public place in Nueva Vizcaya a few weeks ago.


  • Urging our leaders to clean up their act and implement the Clean Air Act
    27 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manny, a 50 -year-old bus dispatcher in Manila, is the only breadwinner in his family of three. He has two teenage boys and a daughter. For the past two years, Manny has noticed that whenever he gets a whiff of the sooty bus exhausts, he would develop chest pains. Later on, Manny would get tired easily and wake up short of breath.


  • P5 per stick might deter cigarette smokers, buyers
    26 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    RESPONDING to recent reports attributing to HealthJustice Philippines the proposal to increase cigarette price to 5 pesos per stick so young people will quit smoking, the University of the Philippines Communication Research Society (UP-CommResSoc), the student organization that conducted the survey, clarified that young respondents were the ones who indicated 5 pesos per stick as the price that will make them stop buying cigarettes.


  • Health Promotion, tobacco control should be high on government agenda-- UN Secretary General reiterates in the global summit on Non-Communicable Diseases
    25 September 2011 in Press Release

    The key message of the United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) was clear:

    Governments should educate people and encourage healthier options.”


  • Ronnie Ricketts almost arrested for smoking in public in Nueva Vizcaya
    25 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    ILAGAN, Isabela ,Philippines  – Optical Media Board chief Ronnie Rickets narrowly escaped being accosted by the mayor of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya for smoking in public while leading the seizure of pirated DVDs during a raid in that town a few weeks ago.


  • Town bans smoking
    25 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    This tobacco-growing city has banned smoking, foregoing the city government’s P30 million share from tobacco excise taxes.


  • Hindi kami ningas-kugon sa yosi - MMDA
    25 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Mariing nilinaw ni Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino na hindi sila ningas-kugon sa panghuhuli ng mga naninigarilyo.


  • MMDAs anti-smoking nets 8,427
    24 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines – There’s no such thing as “ningas kugon” – a Filipino penchant for starting something and then leaving it unfinished – in the Metro Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) drive against smoking cigarettes in public places.


  • QC to rev up anti-smoking campaign
    24 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City will intensify the implementation of its smoking ban within the city hall complex to include city government workers, an official said yesterday.


  • Tolentino: MMDA will be relentless in campaign against smoking
    24 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — There’s no such thing as “ningas kugon” – a Filipino penchant for starting something and then leaving it unfinished – in the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) drive against smoking cigarettes in public places.


  • MMDA chairman squelches rumors anti-smoking campaign ningas cogon
    24 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino yesterday clarified the agency’s anti-smoking campaign is in full swing, belying rumors the campaign “is here today, gone tomorrow.”


  • EDITORYAL - Presyo ng sigarilyo itaas nang todo
    22 September 2011 in What We Do

    PABATA nang pabata ang mga naninigarilyo. At walang ibang kahahantungan ang maagang pagkalulong ng mga kabataan sa sigarilyo kundi ang pagkakasakit. At walang ibang bumabalikat sa dakong huli kundi ang pamahalaan din sapagkat malaking bahagi ng pondo ay nauuwi lamang sa mga gastusin ng ospital ng gobyerno.


  • Youth and cigarettes - They start early and they do it everyday
    21 September 2011 in Press Release

    They will only stop smoking if cigarette prices reach Php5 or more per stick. Otherwise, they won’t kick the habit.  The ‘they’ here refers to students who are in public high schools and under 19 years of age. They may have limited ‘baon’ but they can still afford to buy the country’s high-priced cigarette brands.


  • Health Advocates lament CA ruling: Is profit from tobacco more important than public health?
    21 September 2011 in Press Release

    Manila, Philippines --- Health advocates are aghast over a recent Court of Appeals decision upholding the position of tobacco companies in a case filed against the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI) and Fortune Tobacco Corporation reportedly accused the DOH and FDA of committing grave abuse of discretion in declaring that all promotions, advertisements, and sponsorships of tobacco products are already prohibited.


  • Intensified campaign on smoking ban in Caloocan City nets 1,455 violators
    21 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Caloocan City government has stepped up its campaign against smoking as it ordered the local law enforcement agencies to closely monitor public places that are covered by the law on tobacco regulation and spare no one who continues to defy the ban.


  • Health Advocates lament CA ruling: Is profit from tobacco more important than public health?
    20 September 2011

     

    Health advocates are aghast over a recent Court of Appeals decision upholding the position of tobacco companies in a case filed against the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI) and Fortune Tobacco Corporation reportedly accused the DOH and FDA of committing grave abuse of discretion in declaring that all promotions, advertisements, and sponsorships of tobacco products are already prohibited.


  • Dagupan, Tarlac sign covenant vs smoking
    20 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - A signature campaign to prohibit smoking in public places was launched in Dagupan City and Tarlac City Monday.


  • Young smokers gave the price of 5 pesos per stick, UP students clarify
    19 September 2011 in Press Release

    We asked them, Magkano ang halaga ng sigarilyo per stick na magpapatigil sa iyo sa pagbili ng sigarilyo? (How much is the cigarette price per stick that will make you stop buying cigarettes?), and a majority of them said 5 pesos or higher, explains UP-CRS spokesperson Princess Ubongen, a fourth year student at the UP College of Mass Communication, speaking in behalf of the 45 UP students who conducted the survey.


  • Smoke-free run gains momentum
    19 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Benjamin S. Lim led yesterday the covenant-signing for a smoke-free and healthy city in line with the nationwide campaign for a smoke-free Philippines in celebration of Medicine Week this month.


  • Youth and cigarettes They start early and they do it everyday
    18 September 2011

    They will only stop smoking if cigarette prices reach Php5 or more per stick. Otherwise, they won’t kick the habit.  The ‘they’ here refers to students who are in public high schools and under 19 years of age. They may have limited ‘baon’ but they can still afford to buy the country’s high-priced cigarette brands.

     

    Early this month, University of the Philippines students and Health Justice Philippines conducted a quick survey of 435 students who are currently smoking and located in the eight most populated public high schools in Quezon City. Survey results confirm that making tobacco less affordable is the most effective way to reduce consumption and make more users quit, particularly those who are young and belong to the low-income families.


  • 'Raise cigarette prices by 156 percent'
    18 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Cigarette prices should be increased by 156 percent to effectively discourage people from smoking, a study of the University of the Philippines and anti-tobacco group Health Justice showed.


  • Tobacco companies evade the health issue
    17 September 2011 in Press Release

    Just when a Philippine president is serious about protecting the health of his citizens, tobacco companies are up-on-their-toes again using flawed arguments to discourage government from adopting measures to invest in people’s health by using revenues that will be derived from tobacco tax increases.


  • Evading the health issue: Tobacco companies cram to evade the liability to pay up for health risks
    17 September 2011 in Press Release

    Just when a Philippine president is serious about protecting the health of his citizens, tobacco companies are up-on-their-toes again using flawed arguments to discourage government from adopting measures to invest in people’s health by using revenues that will be derived from tobacco tax increases.


  • Editoryal - Sige, ituloy ang paghuli sa mga nagyoyosi
    17 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    ARAW-ARAW, 43 tao ang namamatay dahil sa sakit na nakukuha sa paninigarilyo. Bawat taon, gumagastos ang gobyerno ng P148-billion dahil sa mga sakit na may kaugnayan sa paninigarilyo. Number one ang cancer sa baga na tumatama sa mga naninigarilyo. Bukod sa cancer sa baga, ang iba pang sakit na nakukuha sa paninigarilyo ay cancer sa lalamunan, labi at ilong, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at sakit sa puso. Nagpapakita lamang na kamatayan ang kahahantungan ng bisyong paninigarilyo. At ang nakakatakot, pati ang mga nakalanghap ng usok na ibinuga ng smokers ay tinatamaan din ng sakit. Kaya dapat lamang na hulihin ang lahat ng naninigarilyo sa publikong lugar.


  • Weeklong Baguio-QC anti-smoking run starts today
    17 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - A weeklong run from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City to the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) office in Quezon City starts today to drum up support for healthy lifestyles and smoke-free communities.


  • Health Promotion, tobacco control should be high on government agenda UN Secretary General reiterates in the global summit on Non-Communicable Diseases
    16 September 2011 in Press Release

    The key message of the United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) was clear: Governments should educate people and encourage healthier options. These were the words of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as he spoke at the gathering of the worlds leaders in New York. Calling it a landmark meeting, Ban began his speech saying Three out of every five people on earth die from the diseases that we gather here to address.


  • CA junks ban on tobacco promos
    16 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Court of Appeals has declared as legal the sponsorship of tobacco products as it nullified a resolution of the Department of Health banning such promotional activities under RA 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.


  • CA nullifies DOH resolution barring promotion of tobacco products
    16 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has nullified a resolution of the Department of Health (DOH) prohibiting tobacco firms from promoting their products.


  • Yosi ban larga ulet
    16 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manghuhuli na uli ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ng mga naninigarilyo sa mga pampublikong lugar kabilang ang mga pangunahing lansa­ngan sa Metro Manila.


  • C.A. lifts ban on tobacco promotional activities
    15 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    ON petition of the country’s two giant tobacco companies, the Court of Appeals (CA) has nullified a resolution of the Department of Health prohibiting the tobacco industry from conducting promotional activities.


  • Judge sets hearing on smoking ban case
    15 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The Mandaluyong regional trial court (RTC) has set for Sept. 23 the hearing of the case filed by two security guards against the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for apprehending them for smoking in a public place.


  • Revived by anti-smoking campaign
    15 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    WITH the expiration of the temporary restraining order issued by a Mandaluyong City court against the MMDA’s anti-smoking drive in the metropolis, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP) yesterday called on the agency to vigorously re-impose its no-smoking in public places policy.


  • From smokers to vapers
    15 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    At least two people I know own a personal vaporizer, the “new” kind of battery-operated electronic cigarettes that aim to help a smoker quit smoking. They use it everywhere, even at no-smoking zones, because it doesn’t have the toxins and odor of secondhand smoke. And they’re not the only ones using them. I’ve seen many others holding and puffing away on those “gadgets” that look like nice pens at restaurants and coffee shops, in office buildings, on vehicles and other enclosed spaces.


  • The Philippines needs a serious health promotion program
    14 September 2011 in Press Release

    Early this September, HealthJustice, Philippines, along with the Department of Health (DOH), World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.P. National Center for Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) organized a multi-sectoral forum entitled “The Future of Health: Sustainable Intersectoral Collaboration Addressing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in light of Universal Health Care (UHC)”.  The objective of the program was to communicate the need to implement health promotion in the Philippines and emphasize that health in all aspects of people’s lives should become a top priority of the government.


  • Smokers lagot uli sa MMDA
    14 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Lagot na naman ang mga talamak na ‘yosi kadiri’ sa Metro Manila­ dahil sa muling panghuhuli ng mga “environment en­forcers” ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) simula nitong Lunes makaraang mapaso na ang temporary restraining order na inilabas ng Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court.


  • Senate to wait for WTO ruling before excise tax debates
    14 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile yesterday said the Senate will wait for the final ruling of the World Trade Organization (WTO) before discussing proposals to amend the country’s excise tax laws on distilled spirits and tobacco products.


  • Senate: Talks on excise tax bid shelved due to WTO row
    14 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Moves by the executive to engage Congress into amending the country’s excise tax laws will not take off unless the issue against the Philippines pending before the World Trade Organization (WTO) had been resolved.


  • Smoking ban TRO lapses sidewalk smokers beware
    13 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Environment enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) resumed apprehending smokers on the sidewalks of Metro Manila yesterday after a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) on the anti-smoking campaign lapsed Sunday.


  • Female smokers have more bladder symptoms
    11 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bladder problems seen more often among smokers than nonsmokers may be further motivation for women to quit smoking, a new study suggests.


  • Kids who live with smokers have more ear infections
    9 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids whose parents smoke are more likely to get ear infections and have hearing problems, according to a new review paper.


  • Cigarette promo ads legalCA
    8 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Court of Appeals rebuffed the Department of Health (DOH) when it ruled that cigarette promotional ads are legal.
    In a decision penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, chairman of the Special 11th Division, the court granted the petition of Philip Morris Manufacturing Philippines Inc. questioning the DOH decision in 2009 banning cigarette promotional activities.


  • Tobacco companies evade the health issue
    7 September 2011 in Press Release

     

    Evading the health issue
    Tobacco companies cram to evade the liability to pay up for health risks

     

    Just when a Philippine president is serious about protecting the health of his citizens, tobacco companies are up-on-their-toes again using flawed arguments to discourage government from adopting measures to invest in people’s health by using revenues that will be derived from tobacco tax increases.

     

    In a spat of statements released to the press, tobacco industry’s public relations armies choose even the weakest arguments to dismiss the move of government to correct the problems of our tobacco tax system. Arguments such as hurting tobacco farmers’ feelings, opening doors for illicit trade, and loss of livelihoods to millions of Filipinos have repeatedly been used to take attention away from the real issue why taxes should be increased.


  • Court denies MMDA motion on antismoking drive
    7 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Regional Trial Court in Mandaluyong City denied the motion for reconsideration of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for lack of merit.


  • MMDA loses appeal on smoking ban TRO
    7 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) junked yesterday a motion for reconsideration filed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to lift the 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) on the enforcement of the smoking ban.


  • TRO in smoking crackdown stays
    7 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A MANDALUYONG court on Monday denied the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s appeal of an injunction issued earlier stopping it from implementing its anti-smoking crackdown in areas other than those specified under Republic Act 9221 or the Tobacco Regulations Act of 2003.


  • Smoking kills 10 Filipinos every hour
    6 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Ten Filipinos die every hour from illnesses caused by smoking while the country loses nearly P500 billion annually from healthcare costs and productivity losses, according to an anti-tobacco group.


  • MMDA loses bid to revive anti-smoking crackdown
    6 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lost anew its bid to revive the implementation of its anti-smoking crackdown as a Mandaluyong court denied its appeal for an injunction.


  • Chasing the smoke away
    6 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) gathered about 500 people from different sectors of society in a solidarity run that capped off PMA’s nationwide awareness campaign with the theme “Stand up for your right to clean air. Advocate for a smoke-free Philippines.”


  • MMDA smoke ban backers join fun run
    5 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A group of doctors and anti-tobacco advocates led by running priest Fr. Robert Reyes held a fun run Monday to show their support for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) campaign to ban smoking in public places, including major thoroughfares.


  • Fr. Reyes slams judge for issuing TRO vs smoking ban in public places
    5 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Controversial running priest called the action of a Mandaluyong judge who issued temporary restraining order (TRO) as highly irregular citing that it is hard to understand for a judge to issue such an order stopping the noble intention of promoting healthy living for the inhabitants of Metro Manila.


  • Making Metro Manila Smoke-Free: Quit Smoking and Live Longer
    5 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The smoking ban in Metro Manila continues as agencies and individuals have expressed support for the campaign. As part of its “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan’’ (Health for All) program, the Department of Health (DoH) is supporting the move of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to push the campaign against smoking, because of the harmful effects it causes not only to smokers but also to the public through second-hand smoke.


  • Anti-smokers stage run today
    5 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Philippine Medical Association (PMA) along with health professionals in the private and public sectors will take part in an advocacy run today dubbed "Run for a Healthy Lifestyle and for the Lifting of the TRO on MMDA’s Smoking Ban."


  • Tobacco farmers hit Noys bid
    5 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Tobacco farmers from Northern Luzon have expressed disappointment over the Aquino administration’s recent moves to increase the excise tax rates on tobacco and alcohol products.


  • Advocates push drive vs smoking
    4 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

     

    MANILA, Philippines -- Anti-smoking advocates including health professionals, celebrities, a retired Army general and a priest are taking their fight to the streets.

     


  • Smoking ban TRO closely watched
    4 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -- The outcome of the case involving the smoking ban of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is crucial in helping local governments formulate their own policies against smoking in public places, the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) said Sunday.


  • Ecija hosts run against smoking
    2 September 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — In line with the observance of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Bulacan Media Investigative Reporters (BMIR) and the family of Senior Superintendent Richard A. Albano launched the “Breathe and Run-for-a-Cause” project, 3-kilometer and 5-km running events against smoking held the other day in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.


  • International organizations condemn alleged policy interference by tobacco industry, express support for smoking ban of MMDA
    1 September 2011 in Press Release

     

    International tobacco control organizations are expressing indignation over the numerous links consistently surfacing between tobacco industry and the case filed against the smoking ban of Metro Manila Development Authority. In a TV interview last month, complainant Antony Clemente confessed that he was paid by a tobacco company to take MMDA to court but retracted his statement through his lawyer hours after the airing of the news program. As well, the tobacco farmers who allegedly sponsored the bond for the temporary restraining order were found to be linked with tobacco company Philip Morris.


  • Which is worse in pregnancy, snuff or cigarettes?
    30 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    NEW YORK -- Babies born to snuff-using mothers were more likely to have breathing problems than those whose mothers smoked while pregnant, according to a Swedish study.


  • Doctors back MMDA in smoking row
    27 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Philippine Medical Association on Friday came to the aid of the Metro Manila Development Authority, urging a Mandaluyong court to set aside its temporary restraining order blocking the government’s enforcement of a smoking ban in the metro.


  • Doctors ask judge to lift TRO on smoking ban
    27 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Two doctors asked a Mandaluyong City judge yesterday to take back his temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from implementing the provisions of the Tobacco Regulation Act (Republic Act 9211) banning smoking in public places and public utility vehicles.


  • Department of Health revs up smoking cessation program
    27 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DOH) is beefing up its smoking cessation program, an official said yesterday.


  • Doctors back MMDA smoking ban
    26 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) Saturday appealed to a court in Mandaluyong City to junk the temporary restraining order against the smoking ban of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), citing “dangers of tobacco smoking on Filipinos’ health and lives.”


  • Court told: City mayors tasked MMDA to enforce smoking ban
    26 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Lawyers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) told a Mandaluyong court on Friday that the agency had been deputized by the Metro Manila Council (MMC) composed of city mayors to implement the antitobacco law.


  • DoH backs antismoking drive in Metro despite TRO
    24 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Department of Health (DoH) on Tuesday threw its support behind the Metro Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) decision to pursue its crackdown against smoking in public places.


  • Anti-tobacco groups seek truth on petition vs smoking ban
    21 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Anti-tobacco groups yesterday asked a smoker who sued the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for its anti-smoking drive to “tell the truth” regarding his benefactors.


  • Tobacco Victims to Antony Clemente: Tell the truth, were behind you
    21 August 2011 in Press Release

    In an interview on a late night TV news show of ABS-CBN, the security guard who filed a case against MMDA’s smoking ban volunteered the information that a tobacco company is behind the petition against MMDA. After said interview, said complainant has gone into hiding.


  • Philip Morris linked to farmers who paid for bond for TRO against MMDA Farmers' group decry being used as front
    21 August 2011 in Press Release

     

    Last week, 2,000 tobacco farmers allegedly contributed P65 each to partially pay for the P100,000 bond for the temporary restraining order against Metro Manila Development Authority’s smoking ban. According to Atty. Luis de la Paz, lawyer of the apprehended security guard who sued the MMDA, Antony Clemente, these tobacco farmers chose to help the complainant because the smoking ban would negatively affect their business.


  • WALANG ATRASAN SA YOSI BAN -- MMDA
    20 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Hindi aatras ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sa sinimulang laban kontra yosi dahil sa paniniwalang sila’y papanigan din ng korte sa bandang huli kaugnay ng ipinatutupad na Anti-Smoking Campaign.


  • MMDA smoking ban temporarily stopped
    20 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The 20-day TRO against the smoking ban campaign of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is now in effect after a group of tobacco farmers from La Union paid the P100,000 cash bond Friday.


  • Tobacco firm denies aiding smoke ban complainants
    20 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Cigarette manufacturer PMFTC Inc. said yesterday it has no relationship with security guards Anthony Clemente and Vrianne Lamson, who filed a petition to stop the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority from enforcing its smoking ban.


  • MMDA hindi uurong sa impolementasyon ng Smoking ban
    20 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MAKARAANG supalpalin ng hukuman sa paglalabas ng 20 araw na Temporary Restraining Order laban sa kanilang ipinatutupad na anti-smoking law, desedido pa rin ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na ipagpatuloy ang smoking ban dahil sa tiwalang kakatigan din sila ng korte para ipatupad ito.


  • Smoking Gun
    19 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — I’ve never smoked. I don’t like it when smoke gets in my eyes.


  • MMDA appeals TRO versus smoking ban
    19 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday appealed a Mandaluyong court ruling stopping the agency from enforcing its antismoking campaign in public areas in Metro Manila.


  • 2 in smoking ban case missingMMDA
    19 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE two complainants in the case against the Metro Manila Development Authority and its metro-wide smoking ban have gone missing.


  • MMDA: TRO on smoking ban not yet in effect
    19 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said yesterday its environment enforcers will continue apprehending persons seen smoking along sidewalks and major thoroughfares.


  • Tobacco firm denies hand in petition filed by arrested smokers
    18 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A tobacco company on Friday denied that it was behind the filing of a petition which enjoined the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from enforcing its antismoking campaign in public areas in Metro Manila.


  • MMDA to contest TRO issued against anti-smoking campaign
    18 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino yesterday said they would file a motion for reconsideration before a Mandaluyong City court which earlier had issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the agency’s anti-smoking campaign.


  • MMDA plans to get back at firm behind halt in anti-smoke drive
    18 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    METRO Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lawyers are now studying the possibility of running after the cigarette manufacturing company who allegedly shouldered the P100,000 bond for two smokers arrested by enforcers at the height of the anti-smoking drive.


  • MMDA gets break in case against metro smoking ban
    18 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Metro Manila Development Authority may have gotten a lucky break in its fight to have a court order that stops it from enforcing a metro-wide smoking ban reversed.


  • MMDA to appeal smoking ban ruling
    18 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to appeal a court decision stopping  the implementation of the smoking ban even as he clarified that the ban still remains in restricted areas.


  • 'Yosi kadiri' nagpiyesta, lantarang hitit-buga balik sa Metro Manila
    18 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Mistulang nag-piyesta ang hindi mabilang na “yosi kadiri” sa Metro Manila nang muling ibalik ang lantaran at walang pakialam sa kapwa na paninigarilyo matapos na magpalabas ang Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court ng “temporary restraining order (TRO)” laban sa Metropolitan Manila Deve­lopment Authority (MMDA) sa kampanya nitong “smoking ban”.


  • No smoking, tong collection at MMDA
    18 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    maintindihan kung bakit ganoon na lang ang aktibismo ni Chairman Francis Tolentino ng Metro Manila Development Authority sa panghuhuli ng mga naninigarilyo sa mga pampublikong lugar gaya ng mga bangketa at lansangan


  • Ex-DOH chief assails TRO
    18 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    FORMER Health Secretary Jaime Galvez-Tan yesterday came to the defense of the anti-smoking crackdown of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority as he assailed the alleged involvement of a tobacco firm in the court case challenging the legality of the campaign.


  • Public smoking ban stays MMDA
    18 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warned Thursday that its campaign to arrest and fine smokers in public places continues while a legal technicality remains unresolved in the local court that issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the MMDA campaign.


  • Tobacco firms sue FDA over new graphic warnings
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) - Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies are suing the federal government over new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs.


  • MMDA: Smoking ban holds as TRO has yet to take effect
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday said it would continue to enforce the ban on public smoking in Metro Manila because the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by a Mandaluyong court was not yet in effect.


  • 2 in smoking ban case missing MMDA
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE two complainants in the case against the Metro Manila Development Authority and its metro-wide smoking ban have gone missing.


  • Yosi OK na sa EDSA -- Korte
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Puwede nang manigarilyo muli sa mga pampublikong lugar kabilang ang kahabaan ng EDSA, mga lansangan at sidewalk sa Metro Manila.


  • Mandaluyong RTC rules: Smoking cigarettes in open spaces allowed
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) yesterday issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from implementing its smoking ban along major thoroughfares, secondary roads and sidewalks in Metro Manila.


  • Court stops smoking ban enforcement
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court on Tuesday issued an order stopping the Metro Manila Development Authority from implementing the smoking ban on the metro’s main roads and sidewalks.


  • Regional court slaps muzzle on anti-smoking drive
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A MANDALUYONG Regional Trial Court issued on Tuesday a Temporary Restraining Order against the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s No Smoking in Public Places Campaign.


  • Court issues TRO on MMDA smoking ban
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - A Mandaluyong court has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from apprehending smokers spotted puffing away in areas not covered by Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.


  • SMOKING BAN STOPPED
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Metro Manila Development Authority suffered a huge setback in its campaign against smoking after a Mandaluyong court issued a temporary restraining order stopping the agency from implementing its smoking ban.
     


  • Yosi sa EDSA pwede na
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Ipinahinto ng Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) sa Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ang pagpapatupad ng kanilang smoking ban sa EDSA, kasama na ang iba pang mga lansangan at sidewalk dahil ito umano ay labag sa batas.


  • MMDA may sue tobacco firm behind TRO petition
    17 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    AFTER seeing its anti-smoking drive blocked by a temporary restraining order granted by a Mandaluyong regional trial court judge to two men who were fined for smoking at a sidewalk in Cubao, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority yesterday said it is studying a possible suit against the unnamed tobacco company allegedly behind the filing of the case challenging the legality of the agency’s anti-smoking crackdown.


  • Public Outrage Over Interference in Tobacco Control Efforts Groups Support Complainant who Confessed to Payment by Tobacco Company
    16 August 2011 in Press Release

    In a curious turn of events, Judge Carlos Valenzuela of Branch 213 of the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court handed down a Temporary Restraining Order against the MMDA to restrain it from implementing its "Smoke-Free Campaign" in open areas not covered by Republic Act 9211 upon the posting of a P100,000 bond. 


  • Mandaluyong court stops MMDA drive vs smoking
    16 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from implementing its anti-smoking campaign in public places, including on all major and secondary roads of the metropolis.


  • Starbucks cancels no-smoking policy
    15 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Popular coffee chain Starbucks cancelled recently its no-smoking policy after receiving negative feedbacks from customers.


  • Palace pushes for indexation of tobacco, liquor taxes
    14 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III may include the “indexation of tobacco and liquor taxes’’ to inflation among the priority measures he will endorse to lawmakers, presidential spokesman Ramon Carandang said Friday.


  • House shelves hearing on 'sin' taxes
    12 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has decided to shelve hearings on the proposed restructuring of taxes on the so-called “sin” products like cigarettes and liquor.


  • Smoke still gets in your eyes
    11 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    It was one of those laws that went up in smoke — so quickly.

    I am referring to the smoking ban that was finally enforced last month by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).


  • How can you protect your kids from cigarettes?
    9 August 2011 in Press Release

    Smoking kills. Every year, 87,600 Filipinos die of tobacco use. That’s 240 lives lost every day, or 10 by the hour.


  • In support of MMDAs smoking ban
    8 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    While I was a postgraduate fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston in the late ’60s, I came across an unforgettable article in the Christian Herald, “What the cigarette commercials don’t show,” in which Hugh Mooney, the author, wrote: “In cigarette country, TV commercials show two or three handsome, rugged cowboys on beautiful horses. Or there are sports cars, planes or scuba gears. The scene is always one of clean, windswept health. The people have a look of supreme confidence; the lovely girls, all smiles. I know another country. It is a land from which few return. In this sad region, there are no strong men, no smiling pretty girls. Executives and store clerks there look very much alike, not only because people living on the raw edge of a thin hope somehow get the same haunted expression on their faces. I am referring to cancer country. I have been there.”


  • Law students want 'specifics' on MMDA smoking ban
    8 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - A group of students is urging the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to specifically define the implementation of the smoking ban in the metropolis to protect a person’s civil liberties.


  • 'No Smoking' sa MCJ, QCJ
    8 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Tiniyak ng pamunuan ng Manila at Quezon City Jail na mahigpit nilang ipinatutupad ang “No Smoking­” policy sa kani-kanilang kulungan alinsunod sa pinaiiral ng pamahalaan.


  • MMDA: Anti-smoking campaign a 'success'
    6 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — With 4,640 smokers apprehended in a span of just a month, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has declared its antismoking drive a “success.”


  • 4,628 smokers nabbed
    6 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The anti-smoking campaign is getting more effective as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority caught 4,628 smokers puffing in public places.


  • Smoking ban ng MMDA sinupalpal ng Mandaluyong RTC
    6 August 2011 in Public Health Updates

    GANAP nang ipinatitigil ng Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) sa Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ang ipinatutupad nitong smoking ban sa mga pampublikong lugar kabilang na ang kahabaan ng Edsa, mga lansangan at sidewalk.


  • How can you protect your kids from cigarettes?
    5 August 2011

    Smoking kills. Every year, 87,600 Filipinos die of tobacco use. That’s 240 lives lost every day, or 10 by the hour

     

    But cigarette smoking among Filipino youth is on the rise. The 2007 Global Youth Tobacco Survey shows that more than 1 in 5 students currently smoke. As an adult, you are wise enough to stay away from all forms of tobacco, but how can you, as a parent, protect your kids from cigarettes and the danger that come with using it?

     

    According to economist Jo-Ann Latuja of HealthJustice, one of the most dangerous factors that encourage kids to smoke is the fact that Philippine cigarettes are so cheap. At about PhP 2.50, one stick costs about the same as a candy bar, maybe even cheaper.


  • Lawyers Question Interest Behind Case vs MMDA
    1 August 2011 in Press Release

     

    Lawyer Jesus de la Paz says clients Antony Clemente and Vrianne Lamson were apprehended for smoking in an area that does not qualify as a “public place” where smoking is prohibited as defined under Republic Act (9211) or the Tobacco Regulation Act 2003.


  • 1,305 smoking ban violators fall in Caloocan City, penalized
    29 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Joint operatives of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Reformed Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management (RDPSTM) of the Caloocan City government have apprehended a total of 1,305 smoking ban violators all over the city


  • 1,300 nabbed in Caloocan for smoking ban violation
    29 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - At least 1,300 violators of the Tobacco Regulation Act were apprehended in Caloocan City since the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) implemented last July 1 a ban smoking on in public places.


  • MMDA kinasuhan ng 2 hinuling smokers
    29 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Sinampahan ng kaso ng dalawa katao na hinuli dahil sa paninigarilyo ang pamunuan ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).


  • Yosi Kadiri
    29 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    UMIINIT ang pagtatalo ng DOH at ng mga higanteng kompanya ng tobacco tungkol sa direktiba sa paglagay ng graphic o pictorial health warnings sa mga packaging ng tobacco products sa bansa. Ang argumento ng mga tobacco companies ay tanging ang paglagay ng written o “text” warnings ang nakasaad sa batas kaya walang karapatang ipilit ng DOH ang graphic warnings sa pamamagitan ng administrative order lamang. May kontra naman dito ang gobyerno – ayon daw sa tratado ng Pilipinas sa World Health Organization, ang Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC), ang mga pamahalaan may kapangyarihang magpatupad ng kaukulang kilos upang kontrolin ang pagbenta ng sigarilyo.


  • PMA, anti-tobacco group score Ona for belittling MMDA smoking ban
    28 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP) expressed dismay yesterday over what they perceive as Health Secretary Enrique Ona’s belittling of the smoking ban implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).


  • Court asked to stop ban on smoking in streets
    28 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A suit filed before a Mandaluyong court is questioning the enforcement of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) ban on smoking on public highways and streets.


  • Anti-smoking drive legality questioned
    28 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority yesterday said it would continue its drive against smoking in public despite a case filed seeking a stop to the campaign.


  • 2 apprehended smokers take MMDA to court
    28 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Lawyers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday grilled two smokers on their motives for asking the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) to stop the agency from implementing the smoking ban.


  • Smoking ban nets 1,305 violators
    28 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Some 1,305 smokers were apprehended by the joint operatives of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Caloocan City's Reformed Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management (RDPSTM) in their operations.


  • Caloocan nets 1,305 smoking violators
    28 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines – Some 1,305 smokers were apprehended by the joint operatives of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Caloocan City’s Reformed Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management (RDPSTM) in their operations in the entire city.


  • WHO pushes health warning photos
    28 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday said the use of picture health warnings in cigarette packages lessens the “appeal” of smoking and can discourage the youth from taking up the habit.


  • Smoking arrest questioned in court
    27 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The lawyer of two Mandaluyong residents apprehended for smoking is questioning the authority of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to implement Republic Act 9211 (Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003).


  • Cigarettes cheaper than food, study shows
    27 July 2011 in Press Release

    According to a new study, cigarettes in the Philippines have become cheaper compared to basic commodities, like food.


  • Court asked to stop MMDA campaign vs smoking in public
    26 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Two smokers have taken the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to court after they were fined for smoking in public


  • MMDA nabs 3,056 smokers so far
    25 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The number of smokers apprehended by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for puffing away in public places exceeded 3,000 yesterday morning.


  • Lumabag sa anti-smoking campaign, 3,000 na
    25 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Umakyat na sa higit 3,000 katao ang nahuhuli ng Metropolitan Manila Deve­lopment Authority (MMDA) sa kanilang anti-smoking campaign tatlong linggo matapos ipatupad ang pagbabawal sa paninigarilyo sa mga pampublikong lugar sa Metro Manila.


  • Doctors remind Aquino: quit smoking
    25 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE country’s medical community has renewed its call for President Benigno C. Aquino III to support the campaign against smoking and kick the habit.


  • Glad To Be A Quitter
    25 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — WHO remembers the Marlboro Man? Many actors have posed and acted in the Marlboro advertisements, some of them real cowboys.


  • Tobacco farmers need to diversify
    24 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    TOBACCO farmers are better off planting rice or crops other than tobacco, according to Health Justice, a not-for-profit group that has been waging war against cigarette smoking in the Philippines.


  • Docs press Aquino to act against smoking
    24 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Philippine Medical Association (PMA) on Sunday repeated its call for President Aquino to support, through concrete action, the global campaign against tobacco smoke that kills one in every two cigarette-smoking Filipino in the country.


  • MMDA nabs 2,906 smokers since crackdown
    23 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Environment officers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have so far nabbed 2,906 smokers since the enforcement of the smoking ban in public places in Metro Manila started on July 1.


  • 2,906 smokers nabbed in Metro campaign
    23 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    ALMOST a month after the full implementation of its antismoking policy, environmental enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have apprehended 2,906 smokers caught puffing away in public places.


  • 2,906 naitalang lumabag sa anti-smoking campaign
    22 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    UMABOT na sa 2,906 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga nadadakip ng Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na lumabag sa kanilang anti-smoking campaign sa loob lamang ng tatlong linggo kaugnay sa implementasyon ng Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.


  • MMDA drive nets 2,906 smokers
    22 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reports that it has apprehended a total of 2,906 smokers after three weeks of strictly implementing the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.


  • Warning: Deadly cigarettes becoming more affordable
    22 July 2011 in Press Release

    A new cigarette affordability study authored by Filomeno Sta. Ana III of Action for Economic Reforms and Jo-Ann Latuja of HealthJustice, shows that cigarettes remain extremely affordable.


  • Running away from the smoke
    22 July 2011 in Press Release

    The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) gathered about 500 people from different sectors of the society in a solidarity run that capped off PMA’s nationwide awareness campaign with the theme “Stand up for your right to clean air. Advocate for a Smoke-Free Philippines.”


  • Philippine Medical Association Leads People Power Against Killings Due to Cigarette Smoking
    21 July 2011

     

    Responding to the call of Philippine Medical Association (PMA), 500 citizens from different sectors gathered for a solidarity run and raised a determined battle against tobacco in Quezon City Memorial Circle.


  • HealthJustice commends government loan for farmers to plant rice instead of tobacco, calls for more alternative livelihood programs
    21 July 2011 in Press Release

    Health policy think tank HealthJustice lauds the government agency National Tobacco Administration’s announcement that it will provide P200 million in production loans to tobacco farmers who will plant rice during the current wet season.


  • Smokers penalized
    19 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Personnel from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Muntinlupa City government have arrested 138 persons who were caught smoking in violation of national and local laws.


  • HealthJustice commends MMDA smoke-free campaign
    19 July 2011 in Press Release

    The country’s very high smoking prevalence rate spurred government agencies to implement measures that will reduce the number of smokers in the country, which is currently estimated at 17.3 million. In its first few days of implementing the smoke-free policy, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has apprehended about 365 violators—enough smokers for every day of the year.


  • Dumaguete launches own anti-smoking drive
    16 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Some two weeks after Metro Manila went full blast in enforcing a smoking ban in public places, Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental is following suit, a report said over the weekend.


  • Citizen's arrest for anti-smoking
    15 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan here ordered local residents and visitors to exercise the lawful citizen’s arrest to effectively contribute in the successful implementation of the local anti-smoking ordinance in order to help reduce the increasing pollutants in the city’s air which triggers dreaded health diseases to proliferate.


  • DPWH strictly implements smoke-free policy on premises
    14 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) implements’ strict compliance on smoke-free policy to promote and protect the welfare of officials and employees, in accordance with the provisions of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (RA 9211) and the Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 17, s. 2009.


  • Ang masamang epekto ng third-hand smoke
    13 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Kung ikaw ay naninigarilyo alam mo nang may epekto ito sa iyong kalusugan. Pwede kang kapitan ng mga sakit tulad ng cancer sa baga, sakit sa puso, ulcer, stroke, hypertension at iba pa.


  • MMDA is all over the place
    13 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    There are so many things on the plate of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). It is worthy to note that MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino has been very visible as a hands-on manager. Personally taking charge of MMDA projects, Tolentino shows his kind of leadership of the agency in charge of the 16 cities in Metro Manila and the lone municipality of Pateros.


  • No-smoking drive
    13 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MAGPET, North Cotabato, Philippines (PNA) – The Municipal Health Office (MHO) here has strengthened its campaign against smoking in public places aiming to promote a healthy lifestyle and protection of the environment.


  • Anti-smoking pioneering Negros town marks landmark smoke-free ordinance
    12 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    AMLAN, Negros Oriental, Philippines — Dubbed as a model municipality in its adoption of a strictly no-smoking policy, this town is set to hold a festival to mark the second year of its passage of a smoke-free ordinance which won for it the prestigious Red Orchid award.


  • DPWH prohibits smoking in premises
    12 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Smokers at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will only have three areas to carry out their habit inside the DPWH premises in Port Areas, Manila.


  • Tobacco Industry Mocks Smoke-free Campaign Various Groups Stand Firm in Support of MMDA
    11 July 2011 in Press Release

    In a series of interviews, Chris Nelson, managing director of PMFTC,Inc. threatens that they are prepared to take action against MMDA’s initiative to ban cigarette smoking in public places. PMFTC is the joint venture corporation of Philip Morris and Fortune Tobacco, which controls 92% of the domestic market of cigarettes in the Philippines.


  • 'Smoking is dangerous to your health'
    10 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    SMOKING is a leading preventable cause of death all over the world. If you are a regular smoker, you are probably losing about 5 ½ minutes of life expectancy for each cigarette you smoke. Cigarette smoking is a major cause of lung cancer. Yet, despite the vast medical evidence supporting such statistics, most heavy smokers continue to smoke.


  • Myopia: Fuming over cigarettes, oblivious of exhaust pipes
    10 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MORE than 1, 000 smokers have been arrested by environmental enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) a week after the agency re-launched its intensified campaign against public smoking in the Metro.

    From the start of the crackdown in July 1 to July 7, about 1, 022 smokers— 926 male and 96 females— have been apprehended and given environmental violation receipts by agency personnel and enforcers from local government units.


  • WHO asks countries to show 'horror effects' of smoking
    10 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged the Philippines and other countries in the Western Pacific to show the “horror effects” of smoking to convince smokers to quit through graphic health warnings on cigarette packs.


  • WHO pushes graphic cigarette warnings
    10 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Asia-Pacific countries to boost the use of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs.


  • Stop smoking?
    9 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Ten years ago I stopped smoking cold turkey, meaning I just completely stopped. I carried around a pack of cigarettes and a lighter with me just in case it got too bad but about four years later I found that pack still sealed and intact. The cigarettes inside were moldy so I threw it away. I did not resume smoking again. It has been 10 years. Sometimes I wonder why I did not resume when I live alone. No one would object to the smoke. No one would claim harm from secondhand smoke. I used to be a pack-a-day smoker but I gave it up when I did because I wanted to stop. I had had an operation on my throat that kept me in the hospital for almost a week and they did not allow me to smoke. I thought then that made a lot of sense so I stopped. I wanted to stop so I succeeded. That is key to giving up smoking. You have to genuinely want to stop.


  • Smoke gets in your eyes
    9 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — And in your lungs, so it’s a good thing MMDA wants people to quit smoking on the street and in public places.


  • MMDAs drive vs smokers doomed to fail
    7 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Me thinks the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), in trying to give new life to an 18-year-old law regulating the use of tobacco, has succeeded only in incurring the ire of a large segment of the metropolis’s population—namely, the smokers. Nowadays, you would often hear gays and straights (of the smoking kind) alike saying, “ang OA naman!”—referring generally to the MMDA, and particularly to its chairman, Francis Tolentino.


  • MMDA atras sa mungkahing gawing smoking area ang mga urinals
    7 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Handa si Metropolitan Manila Development Authority­ (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino na iurong na ang panu­kala na gawing “smoking area” ang mga itinayong   “urinals” ng ahensya makaraang umani ng batikos sa iba’t ibang sektor.


  • Stop smoking
    6 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Smoking is a leading preventable cause of death all over the world. If you are a regular smoker, you are probably losing about 5½ minutes of life expectancy for each cigarette you smoke. Cigarette smoking is a major cause of lung cancer. Yet, despite the vast medical evidence supporting such statistics, most heavy smokers continue to smoke.


  • Alerts on smoking
    6 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    IF when you look up, there is no ceiling between you and the sky, you can legally smoke. In the privacy of your own home, you can do as you please, even surround your family with second-hand smoke. The authorities cannot penalize you, and your non-smoking visitors are free to leave.


  • MMDA: Police to arrest smokers, too
    6 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    METRO Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday said the police will start arresting smokers in public places as the number of violators approached the 1,000 mark after the anti-vice drive started on July 1.


  • DILG orders PNP to go after public smokers
    6 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    In addition to criminals, the police will soon be going after smokers in public places in cooperation with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).


  • MMDA wants cops to enforce smoking ban in 5 cities
    6 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -  The Metro Manila Development Authority will tap the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement the smoking ban in public places in five cities, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said yesterday.


  • MMDA drops idea of turning urinals into smoking areas
    6 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines—A day after it floated the idea of designating urinals as smoking areas, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday dropped the proposal following negative feedback from health practitioners.


  • EDITORIAL - Sustain this campaign
    6 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The implementation of the ban on smoking in public places will not be another ningas cogon or flash in the pan, the head of the Metro Manila Development Authority has vowed. Health-conscious residents of Metro Manila can only hope MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino will be true to his word.


  • MMDA rounds up 365 smokers
    5 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority apprehended some 365 smokers following the relaunch of an intensified smoking ban in the metropolis.


  • Smoking ban: Curbside mass education in civics
    3 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    TEACHING TOOL: Intended or not, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has in its two-day-old anti-smoking campaign a tool for gradually disciplining in many aspects the unruly inhabitants of the national capital jungle.


  • MMDA nabs 116 more smokers
    3 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines - At least 116 persons seen smoking in Metro Manila’s public areas were apprehended yesterday by anti-smoking personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and were issued violation tickets.


  • Smoking areas
    3 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    KALIBO, Aklan (PIA) – Smoking areas where government employees could smoke during break times should not be inside office buildings, according to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) office here.


  • Caloocan City all-out against smoking
    3 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -- Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri has warned local enforcers not to abuse while implementing the no-smoking ban in the city.


  • Up in Smoke
    2 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

     Smoking kills. Everybody knows this, including hardcore smokers who can’t get through 10 minutes without taking a puff or two.


  • Daan-daang smokers huli sa 1st day ng smoking ban
    2 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines - Nasampolan ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ang daan-daang mga motorista, pasahero at iba pa na naninigarilyo sa mga pampublikong lugar sa unang araw ng implementasyon ng “smoking ban” sa Metro Manila.


  • Dahil sa ban, smokers kumonti
    2 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    NAGING matagumpay ang kampanya ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) para mapaganda at malimitahan ang polusyon sa Metro Manila sa pamamagitan ng ikinasang smoking ban at beautification program ng ahensya.


  • MMDA smoking crackdown starts today
    1 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will arrest smokers caught puffing away in public places starting today.


  • 'Smoking ban' epektibo ngayon
    1 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Paalala uli sa mga smokers.


  • 200 smokers caught on first day of ban
    1 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    More than 200 smokers caught puffing away in public places were apprehended by environmental enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) during the first day of the agency’s full enforcement of its antismoking policy Friday.


  • Would putting graphic health warnings on cigarette packs be an effective way of discouraging smoking?
    1 July 2011 in Public Health Updates

    RENATO TAYLAN, ILOCOS NORTE: Yes, it can only be as effective as the message and its endorser. This will greatly discourage smokers, especially first-timers.

    CARMELA RAMENTO, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: No, to the addicted, the first puffs screen out the warnings and they go on to enjoy the day. Maybe, just maybe, this may deter the first-time smoker. 


  • Metro smokers face P500 fine
    30 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Five-hundred pesos may be too tough a fine for a violation as simple and as common as smoking a cigarette on the street. But beginning Friday, smoking in public places in Metro Manila carries exactly that price


  • Minors banned from buying cigarettes
    30 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Philippines — The town of Sablan has passed a measure banning the sale of tobacco and restricting their access to minors in the area to protect them from the adverse effects of smoking cigars and cigarettes


  • Smoke at your own risk ban on smoking in public starts Friday
    30 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    While its environmental enforcers will start apprehending smokers puffing away in public places starting Friday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will also designate smoking areas with makeshift ashtrays on major thoroughfares.


  • Mapatupad naman kaya ang batas na ito?
    30 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Biyernes ang araw kung saan makikita natin kung talagang mapapatupad ang bagong batas ukol sa paninigarilyo sa publiko. Sisimulan na raw sa Biyernes ang pag multa sa mga mahuhuling naninigarilyo sa mga hindi nakatakdang lugar. May mga siyudad na mas malawak pa nga ang sakop ng batas, tulad ng mga maliliit at mala-laking kalye. May batas na rin na sinusulong dito kung saan obligado ang mga kumpanya ng sigarilyo na maglagay ng mga larawan ng mga sakit na dulot ng paninigarilyo sa kanilang mga karton. Mga sakit katulad ng sugat na hindi gumagaling, mga bulok na ngipin at gilagid, baga na may kanser at iba pang mga sakit na may kaugnayan sa paninigarilyo.


  • Mga pulis di exempted sa smoking ban
    30 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    NILINAW ng pamunuan ng National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) na hindi exempted ang mga miyembro ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa umiiral na ordinansa ng ipatutupad ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na nagbabawal magsigarilyo sa pampublkong lugar.


  • MMDA nabs 163 smokers on Day 1
    30 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines - At least 163 smokers puffing away in public places in Metro Manila were apprehended on the first day of a metro-wide anti-smoking drive, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Alex Cabanilla reported yesterday.


  • Doctors to aid MMDA in anti-smoking drive
    30 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel will be joined by doctors from the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) when the strict enforcement of the "no smoking" campaign on public places kicks off tomorrow.


  • Doctors beef up metro enforcers in smoking ban
    30 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    DOCTORS are the latest frontliners in the campaign to ban smoking in public places in Metro Manila.


  • NCRPO chief warns cops: Comply with smoking ban
    30 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    “Subukan nyo ako (Try me),” this was the statement issued yesterday by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Allan Purisima as warned police officers and personnel in uniform that they will face sanctions if they will be caught smoking in public places while on official duty.


  • Doctors to help enforce anti-smoking drive
    30 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -  The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) will dispatch doctors to the streets tomorrow to assist the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in implementing the smoking ban in public places.


  • Seeing beyond the smoke
    29 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    When news broke out that Starbucks is going smoke-free nationwide, I couldn’t help but do a dance of joy. It sincerely felt like a powerful force had chosen to back up the defenseless, bullied band of nonsmokers.


  • Metro cops warned not to smoke while on duty
    29 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director Chief Supt. Alan M. Purisima yesterday reminded officers and men of the 17,000-strong NCRPO force to strictly comply with the smoking ban in public places, particularly while in uniform, or face administrative sanctions.


  • EDITORYAL - Babala sa mga naninigarilyo
    29 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    SA Biyernes (Hulyo 1) ay ipatutupad na nang lubusan ang pagbabawal sa paninigarilyo sa mga pampublikong lugar sa Metro Manila, ito ang sabi ni Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino. Sa pagkakataon daw na ito ay wala nang warning-warning pa. Aarestuhin ang mga mahuhuling naninigarilyo sa mga pampublikong sasakyan, ospital, mall, tanggapan, palengke, transportation terminal, mga pribado at pampublikong gusali, restaurants, hotels, sinehan at recreational places. Binalaan ni Tolentino ang smokers na huwag manigarilyo sa mga nabanggit na lugar sapagkat mahigpit nang ipatutupad ang Republic Act 9211. Ang mga mahuhuling maninigarilyo ay pagmumultahin ng P500 sa first offense, P1,000 sa ikalawa at P5,000 sa ikatlo at sa mga susunod pang paglabag. Ang walang maibayad ay sasailalim sa walong oras na community service.


  • Yosi Kadiri
    29 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    UMIINIT ang pagtatalo ng DOH at ng mga higanteng kompanya ng tobacco tungkol sa direktiba sa paglagay ng graphic o pictorial health warnings sa mga packaging ng tobacco products sa bansa. Ang argumento ng mga tobacco companies ay tanging ang paglagay ng written o “text” warnings ang nakasaad sa batas kaya walang karapatang ipilit ng DOH ang graphic warnings sa pamamagitan ng administrative order lamang. May kontra naman dito ang gobyerno – ayon daw sa tratado ng Pilipinas sa World Health Organization, ang Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC), ang mga pamahalaan may kapangyarihang magpatupad ng kaukulang kilos upang kontrolin ang pagbenta ng sigarilyo.


  • Environment enforcers
    29 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The city of Mandaluyong has already designated its own environmental enforcers to implement the smoking ban under RA 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 starting July 1.


  • Volunteers to advise smokers
    29 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) will deploy its members to the streets on Friday to help the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) enforce a smoking ban in all public places through the metropolis


  • NCRPO muling nagbabala sa yosi
    29 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines - Muling ipinaalala ni National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) director, Chief Supt. Allan Purisima sa kanyang mga tauhan sa buong Metro Manila ang pagbabawal sa kanilang pani­nigarilyo sa lahat ng pampublikong lugar habang nasa duty at naka-uniporme.


  • Anti-smoking advocates press drive
    29 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Framework Convention for Tobacco Control Alliance-Philippines (FCAP) and former health secretary Esperanza Cabral yesterday said the death of former presidential daughter Josephine "Jo" Ramos due to lung cancer on Monday underlines the stronger effort required from the national government to curb the effects of smoking.


  • Jo's lung cancer won't make Noy quit smoking
    29 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino won’t quit smoking despite the lessons learned from Josephine “Jo” Martinez Ramos, second daughter of former President Fidel Ramos and wife Ming, who succumbed to lung cancer last Monday.


  • Antismoking campaign mounts after Jo Ramoss death
    28 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A DAY after Jo Ramos, daughter of former President Ramos, succumbed to lung cancer, antismoking advocates called on Health Secretary Enrique Ona to step up the campaign against smoking.


  • Camanava execs vow to implement smoking ban in their areas
    28 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The four local government units (LGUs) in the northern part of Metro Manila yesterday pooled their resources and vowed to spare no one in the enforcement of the anti-smoking law which will start in metropolis on July 1.


  • No-smoking drive boosted
    28 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE anti-smoking drive launched by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority got a shot in the arm after another local government unit tightened its anti-smoking ordinance.


  • MMDA to smokers: No more warnings
    28 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has warned at least 8,252 persons caught violating prohibitions against smoking in identified public areas in the metropolis during the agency’s month-long information drive, which ends on Thursday, an official said yesterday.


  • Cops who smoke in public face sanctions, says NCRPO
    28 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Alan Purisima yesterday reiterated his earlier directive to his men to refrain from smoking in public and to observe proper decorum while on duty. He also vowed to slap violators with sanctions.


  • Bill on graphic health warnings on cigarette packs pushed
    28 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - There is an ongoing global campaign to reduce smoking, primarily through the use of graphic health warnings and one of the local supporters of this campaign is hoping to see the same program instituted locally through legislation.


  • Warning pics vs smoking pressed
    28 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Health advocates Tuesday pressed for the passage of picture-based warnings on cigarette packages noting the death of former president Fidel V. Ramos’ daughter, Jo Ramos as a sign to intensify the campaign against tobacco use.


  • MMDA says it will start arresting on July 1 anybody caught smoking in public places
    27 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday said it will start apprehending smokers caught puffing a smoke in public places on July 1 as part of the agency’s intensified anti-smoking drive.


  • Smokers to be arrested July 1
    27 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will arrest violators of its no-smoking drive in public places on July 1.


  • Health Advocates Express Grief over Death of Jo Ramos, Reiterate Urgency of Graphic Health Warnings on Cigarette Packs
    27 June 2011 in Press Release

    With the news of the loss of Jo Ramos, daughter of Former President Fidel V. Ramos, to lung cancer, health advocates emphasize the pressing need for picture-based warnings on cigarette packs. Her demise is only one of the 240 Filipino lives lost every day from tobacco-related diseases.


  • Metro smoking ban enforced by July 1
    27 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - With its month-long information drive ending on Thursday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said yesterday it is all set to crack down on persons caught smoking in areas banned by the Tobacco Control Act and local ordinances starting July 1.


  • Metrowide smoking ban starts on Friday
    26 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Sunday reminded smokers that the agency would start implementing a metrowide ban on smoking in public places starting on Friday.


  • Michael Siegel: Gruesome cigarette-pack warnings say too much
    26 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Over the past few decades, cigarette makers have gradually lost many of the platforms they once used to promote their products. Their advertisements are no longer on TV, in most magazines or on billboards. But the most pervasive and effective advertising placement still exists: the cigarette package itself.


  • Health experts call for a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
    24 June 2011 in Press Release

    June 24, 2011, Siem Reap, Cambodia: Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO), Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, WHO Cambodia, as well as tobacco control advocates from Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, and the Philippines convened in a regional workshop to discuss challenges, strategies, and plans to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), specifically the provision that calls for parties of the treaty to enact and undertake a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship or TAPS.


  • Social smoking: just like regular smoking, ONLY LIGHTER
    23 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Jay, 28, is a regular smoker. He averages one pack a day and smokes with his first coffee in the morning, on his way to work, during lunch, afternoon breaks and, mostly, over dinner and drinks with friends.


  • Filipino Health Advocates Laud US FDA Release of Cigarette Health Warnings, Urge PNoy to do the same
    23 June 2011 in Press Release

    The public health law group HealthJustice lauded the recent unveiling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of nine graphic health warnings that will change the way cigarettes are labeled, packed and advertised in the United States.


  • US uses shock, awe to smoke out smokers
    23 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    NEW YORK—Resorting to shock and awe in its antismoking campaign, US health officials on Tuesday released their final selection of nine graphic warning labels to cover the top half of cigarette packs beginning next year, over the opposition of tobacco manufacturers.


  • MMDA drive nets 6,000 smokers
    22 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    OVER 6,000 smokers have been given a fair wearning by the Metro Manila Development Authority in its month-long information drive against anti-smoking in public places.


  • Anti-tobacco group asks MMDA to enhance info drive
    21 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    WITH only less than a fortnight to go before the implementation of the no-smoking policy in Metro Manila, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP) yesterday called on the Metro Manila Development Authority to intensify its information campaign.


  • No-smoking drive gains momentum
    21 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The no-smoking campaign is gaining in many parts of the country. More smokers are doing their best to limit tobacco use, if not totally give up the vice. Several government and private agencies and organizations are joining the effort. Programs seek to inform and educate Filipinos on the impact of smoking on their health and safety.


  • MMDA apprehends over 6,154 smokers
    21 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — More than 6,154 smokers have been given stern warning since the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) conducted its month-long information campaign on no-smoking policy. Next month, starting July 1, violators will be fined P500.


  • Anti-tobacco group says Noy needs professional help to quit smoking
    21 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino may need professional help to be able to quit smoking, an official of the Thailand-based Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) said.


  • SEA countries bolster efforts vs cigarette use
    15 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia — Health officials, doctors and anti-tobacco advocates from eight Southeast Asian countries gathered here yesterday for a workshop to bolster efforts against cigarettes which kill 600,000 non-smokers in the region every year.


  • The smoking in public ordinance
    14 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A READER sent me a link that helps us understand a lot about cigarette smoking. Not everything that you read about the evils of tobacco is factual.


  • Smokers nabbed
    14 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    About 300-500 individuals are being caught smoking on public places every day since the conduct of month-long information drive on its no-smoking policy, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Tuesday. So far this month, persons smoking in public areas of the metropolis are only given warning, said MMDA spokeswoman Tina Velasco.


  • PMA go sa smoking ban ng MMDA
    14 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Kapit-bisig ang mga miyembro ng Philippine Medical Association (PMA) sa kanilang pagsuporta sa pinaigting na kampanya ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) kontra paninigarilyo sa mga pampublikong lugar.


  • DoF urged to pursue tobacco tax increase
    9 June 2011 in Press Release

    Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima may have gotten the nod of the Commission on Appointments, but will he get the nod of a nation in dire need of sin tax reforms? Will the newly confirmed secretary heed the advice of local and international financial institutions to increase the tobacco tax?


  • No smoking in Maasin Port
    8 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte (PIA) — The vicinity inside the walled area that is the Port of Maasin has been declared smoke-free and those in violation of this rule will pay stiff penalties. This was declared by Maasin City Mayor Maloney Samaco after his signing of the certificate of assumption for the turn-over of cargo handling operations from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to Panaon Arrastre Services, Inc.


  • Balanga now 100 smoke-free
    8 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    BALANGA CITY, Bataan — After a massive campaign launched by the administration of Mayor Joet S. Garcia on the bad effects of smoking, this city is now 100 percent smoke-free.


  • Stop smoking
    6 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Let's start with smokers’ rights. It is, basically, an individual’s right to do harm to his body provided he has a sane mind. Article 3. Section 1 of the Philippine Constitution states thus:


  • Steps to a healthy lifestyle
    6 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    INDEED, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Observing a healthy lifestyle will keep diseases at bay.


  • The Philippines as a Smoke-Free and Law-Abiding Country
    6 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Last week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that together with the metro’s 17 local government units (LGUs), it will be apprehending individuals caught smoking in “all major and secondary roads of the metropolis.


  • MMDA: Sidewalk smoking ban depends on LGUs
    6 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - While the Tobacco Act of 2003 (Republic Act 9211) has not banned smoking on sidewalks, some local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila have included sidewalks among areas where smoking is prohibited, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said yesterday.


  • Nueva Vizcaya hailed for smoke-free initiatives
    6 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines  – At least 600 individuals have been caught smoking in public places here since the province’s smoking ban took effect in November last year.


  • Health Advocates Lament Delay in Landmark Case on Cigarette Pack Warnings
    6 June 2011 in Press Release

    In 2010, the Department of Health issued Administrative Order No. 13 or the Graphic Health Information Order, which requires pictorial health warnings to cover 30% of the front panel and 60% of the back panel of each pack. Five tobacco companies opposed this Order by filing several lawsuits in different trial courts, although only two have secured injunction orders limited to Marikina and Malolos.


  • Directors knock MMDA's 'smoking' appeal
    6 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines – Following the public’s divided reaction to the government’s crusade against smoking in certain public places, film directors cry curtailment of their creative freedom, according to ABS-CBN’s June 4 report.


  • Police not exempted from smoking ban
    5 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Policemen are not exempted from the metro-wide smoking ban imposed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), according to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).


  • Smoking ban in schools eyed
    4 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Department of Health wants a total smoking ban in all schools.


  • Gatchalian intensifies anti-smoking campaign
    3 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — In support of the national government’s campaign against excessive use of tobacco and tobacco-related products, Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian actively ordered various offices to set up initiatives on tobacco regulation in the city.


  • 'Policemen not exempt from smoking ban'
    2 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines  - Policemen, especially if they are wearing their uniform are not exempted from the smoking ban in Metro Manila. National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Superintendent Alan Purisima said the smoking ban is not only part of proper decorum of policemen but also in accordance to the Clean Air Act and the country’s anti-smoking laws.


  • The puff that kills
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    WHENEVER THERE is talk about increasing taxes on tobacco products, the standard response of the industry is to warn that government could lose a rich source of revenue since higher taxes would cut tobacco consumption or even drive tobacco farmers and cigarette manufacturers out of business. But maybe our policymakers and lawmakers should take a closer look at the old goose and see if it is really laying those golden eggs.


  • Metro health center cited for strategy vs smoking
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines—She knew it was a long shot.

    But when Dr. Rachel Garcia of the Center for Health Development (CHD) of Metro Manila was awarded a $564,000 grant under the Bloomberg initiative for her project proposal, she knew then and there that anything was possible.


  • Anti-smoking for P-Noy, too?
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

     MANILA, Philippines — The United Nations and the Philippine government jointly campaign against smoking.

     

    It’s addictive, deadly, and expensive , they warn.


  • At last, Manila will enforce smoking ban
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILANS CAN breathe not just a sigh of relief but air that is a little cleaner than usual—hopefully.


  • Tobacco firms, PMA weigh in on MMDA smoking ban
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Two groups expressed their opposing stances yesterday on an anti-smoking drive launched by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Monday.


  • Yosi companies, todo aray
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Umalma kahapon ang pamunuan ng Philippine To­bacco Institute (PTI) sa naging hakbang ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na hulihin ang mga naninigarilyo sa mga pangunahing lansangan at secondary road sa Metro Manila.


  • Bentahan ng yosi, ipagbawal sa Pilipinas!
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Hay naku, ang mga kababayan natin sa halip na lunasan ang mga nakakamatay, ‘yung naghahanapbuhay ng legal ang aalisan pa ng ikinabubuhay. Papaano na ngayon ang mga cigarette vendors kung ipagbabawal na ang paninigarilyo except sa kubeta ng bahay mo?

     


  • Docs laud MMDA for antismoking drive
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Philippine Medical Association (PMA) on Wednesday said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is demonstrating “political will” when it decided to arrest people who smoke in public places.


  • Cordillera hospitals are smoke-free
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    BAGUIO CITY – Pursuant to the worldwide effort to make public places from the hazards of the environment, the Cordillera office of the Department of Health (DOH) here declared that all the 58 hospitals in the different parts of the region are already smoke-free.


  • Smoked out
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    SMOKERS BEWARE.  The Metro Manila Development Authority has announced that starting May 30, they will strictly enforce provisions in Republic Act 9211, the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, banning smoking in public places.  That includes bus terminals, waiting sheds, schools, recreational places, public utility vehicles.


  • Group wants higher tobacco tax to fund health care
    1 June 2011 in Public Health Updates

    A PROTOBACCO-control lobby group said the Philippine government can reap a huge windfall from higher tobacco taxes, mainly to fund what they think President Aquino wants: universal health care.


  • 240 Filipino smokers die every day, says DOH
    1 June 2011 in Press Release

    Manila, Phils)–The Department of Health (DOH) joined hands with HealthJustice and New Vois Association of the Philippines to urge smokers to quit smoking even for just one day, in celebration of the World No Tobacco Day on May 31. This year’s theme is the FCTC or the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, a treaty developed in response to the globalization


  • Tobacco group: MMDA out of bounds in smoking ban
    31 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Philippine Tobacco Institute on Tuesday said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) “stepped out of bounds” when it decided to arrest smokers in public places.


  • Doctors back anti-smoking campaign
    31 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) Tuesday called its members to support the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) campaign to strictly enforce smoking ban in public places in the metropolis, citing that more than 20 percent of heart attacks in Metro Manila can be attributed to second-hand smoke.


  • Strict enforcement of no-smoking laws in metropolis starts today, says MMDA
    30 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday announced starting today (May 30), the agency and the 17 local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila will start apprehending smokers who will be caught puffing away in public places in all major and secondary roads of the metropolis.


  • Health Groups Support Local Implementation of Graphic Health Warnings on Cigarette Packs
    30 May 2011 in Press Release

    Public health advocacy groups New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) and HealthJustice welcome the call of the Department of Health (DOH) encouraging local government units to implement Administrative Order 2010-0013 that requires graphic health information and prohibits misleading words like “light,” “mild,” and “ultra” on cigarette packs that are sold within their respective areas.


  • PNOY OBLIGADO SA SMOKING BAN
    30 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Magiging “good example” umano si Pangulong Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III sa implimentasyon ng smoking ban sa mga public places sa Metro Manila umpisa nga­yong araw, Mayo 30.


  • Seryosong kampanya
    30 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Talagang matinding hamon sa gobyernong Aquino itong mas pinalawak na kampanya laban sa paninigarilyo. Kung noong panahon ni dating Health Sec. Juan Flavier ay may yosi kadiri, ngayon ay talagang yosi ban kahit sa mga public places.


  • PNOY OBLIGADO SA SMOKING BAN
    30 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Magiging “good example” umano si Pangulong Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III sa implimentasyon ng smoking ban sa mga public places sa Metro Manila umpisa nga­yong araw, Mayo 30.


  • MMDA rounds up smokers Monday: Smoking banned in public places
    30 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Think twice before you smoke.

    Starting Monday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) with 17 local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila will round up smokers in public places in all major and secondary roads of the metropolis as it intensifies its no smoking campaign.


  • Aquino leads campaign vs. smoking by example
    30 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will lead by example in the government’s campaign against smoking in public areas, the Palace said Sunday.


  • Smoking ban, a potential source of corruption
    30 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    While the intention behind moves to make Metro Manila a 100 percent smoke-free region is indeed very laudable, there is no denying the fact that the possibility of opening another floodgate for corruption is there.


  • MMDA crackdown on smokers starts today
    30 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -  The strict enforcement of the no-smoking law in all 17 metro Manila cities will start today, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced yesterday.


  • Panghuhuli sa mga 'Yosi-Kadiri' simula na ngayon
    30 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Magpapakalat ng dag­dag na tauhan ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ka­tuwang ang mga lokal na pamahalaan at pulisya sa panghuhuli sa mga “yosi-kadiri” o iyong mga taong walang pakunda­ngang ma­nigarilyo sa mga pampub­likong lugar, nga­yong Lunes.


  • Graphic warnings effective in scaring off smokers - CDC
    30 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -  The Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has corroborated previous studies showing that “graphic health warnings” on cigarette packages is an effective tool to scare off smokers.


  • Lim cracks whip on smokers
    29 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    AN intensified crackdown on cigarette smokers in public places and at the Manila City Hall was launched by Mayor Alfredo S. Lim.


  • MMDA makes smokers world smaller each day
    29 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Smokers, beware. The next cigarette stick could cost you P500.


  • WHO wants tougher laws on smoking
    29 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - The World Health Organization (WHO) is pushing for full implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first international treaty on public health, to save some six million people who die from the “tobacco epidemic” each year.


  • EDITORIAL - Enforce the ban
    29 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    In 2003, Congress sought to curb smoking by passing Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act. Among other things, RA 9211 limited the areas where people could get their nicotine fix. The city of Manila also passed Ordinance 7748, which prohibited smoking in all enclosed places in the city including shopping malls, cinemas, schools, hospitals, warehouses and factories, government buildings, and even public utility vehicles.


  • Roxas officials back anti-smoking ordinance
    29 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    ROXAS CITY, Capiz (PIA) – Roxas City officials are determined to enforce the city’s smoke-free ordinance.


  • Sidewalks no longer safe for smokers, says MMDA
    28 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines - Metropolitan Manila Development Authority enforcers will apprehend persons smoking in public areas, public conveyances and along sidewalks of major and secondary roads in the metropolis starting Monday, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said yesterday.


  • Metro-wide ban on smoking to start Monday
    28 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE Metro Manila Development Authority on Monday will start arresting smokers on major and secondary roads, inside public utility vehicles, and even at bus and jeepney stops.


  • Lim orders arrest of smokers in Manila
    27 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Manila, Philippines - In a bid to make Manila a no-smoking zone, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim ordered yesterday a heightened campaign against cigarette smokers particularly among Manila City Hall employees


  • Manila City Hall forbids smoking
    27 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Alfredo Lim has ordered the strengthening of the campaign against cigarette smokers in Manila, especially in City Hall, starting next week.


  • Smoking ban sa Maynila simula sa Lunes
    27 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    PASISIMULAN na sa araw ng Lunes May 30, sa labinpitong government units ang implementasyon ng “Smoking ban” at huhulihin ang mga taong naninigarilyo sa major at secondary roads.


  • Health Group Echoes DOHs Call to Increase Sin Tax
    26 May 2011 in Press Release

    Robot-voices are calling for support for Health Secretary Enrique Ona’s position to increase the excise taxes on sin products. Among them is the New Vois Association Philippines, a support group for laryngeal cancer survivors.


  • WHO calls for strict enforcement of laws curbing 'tobacco epidemic'
    26 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines — Some 900 million people regularly exposed to tobacco smoke are at risk of developing tobacco-related diseases that kill nearly six million people each year globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


  • The art of quitting
    24 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    DON’T be mistaken. Quitting can be a good thing.

    All our life we have been taught to never give up, and always surge forward. The lesson was simple: Quitters never succeed. While this may hold true for most aspects of living, in the realm of wellness, quitting can be a good thing. To master this art, consider the following:


  • Know your numbers, beat hypertension
    22 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -- Know your numbers – systolic, diastolic, and blood sugar levels – as these, depending on how controlled or out-of-control they are, are indicatory of the current state of your health.


  • Pinoy is 1st Asian to win Judy Wilkenfeld Award!
    21 May 2011 in Press Release

    Washington DC—18 May 2011: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids presented The Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence, to Dr. E. Ulysses “Yul” Dorotheo during the Campaign’s annual Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Gala in Washington DC, May 18, 2011.


  • Number of adult Pinoys with hypertension rising
    19 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -  Health experts have expressed concern over the rising number of adult Filipinos who suffer from hypertension, a disease which is fast becoming an epidemic.Dr. Dante Morales, president of the Philippine Society of Hypertension, said that based on the National Nutrition and Health Survey, the number of hypertensive Filipino adults has been steadily rising since 1998.


  • MMDA people tapped in smoke-free drive
    10 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    TWENTY-FIVE district heads, street sweepers and traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority underwent a three-day trainor’s training to arm them with the skills and legal knowledge in the use of communication tools to enforce the tobacco regulation law and make Metro Manila a 100-percent smoke-free region.


  • MMDA, Metro Enforcers Undergo Enforcement Training on Anti-Smoking
    6 May 2011 in Press Release

    More than 25 officers and enforcers from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Metro Manila local government units participated in a three-day trainor’s training to arm them with the necessary legal knowledge and skills in the use of various communication tools to enforce the tobacco regulation law and make Metro Manila a 100% smoke-free region.


  • Manila officials should listen to renewed calls for smoking ban
    4 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    HEALTHJUSTICE PHILIPPINES, a nonstock, nonprofit organization, recently spearheaded a renewed campaign to make more places tobacco smoke-free, particularly for the sake of children. It cited studies which proved tobacco smoke was just as deadly for somebody who just happened to inhale it as it is for the cigarette user himself/herself.


  • Protect our children from second-hand smoke
    3 May 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines -  The public health law group HealthJustice called on the government to strictly enforce regulations on smoking and tobacco advertisements in all parks, resorts, public terminals, conveyances, restaurants, and other tourism-related facilities that thousands of Filipino families are expected to visit this summer. They commended Boracay for declaring the beaches smoke-free recently.


  • Non-smokers got tobacco skills, but not the habit
    29 April 2011 in Public Health Updates

    CANDON CITY – Tobacco farmer Jean Bautista, 56, shuns smoking. She is, however, proud of being a skilled tobacco roller in this Ilocos Sur city.


  • Earth Day PR: Environment is life and tobacco is death
    17 April 2011 in Press Release

    Earth day is a good time to focus on sacrifices that we must start making for our own survival in a planet deluged by problems.

     

    But this battle is being waged on many fronts, and while we try to save habitats, ensure wider use of renewable energy and resources and preach reduction, we are faced with many debates among multiple resource users and many ways to tread lightly. There is, however, one environmental threat for which there is little debate.


  • Paying the cost of tobacco-related illnesses
    9 April 2011 in Public Health Updates

    In a recent meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee chaired by Congressman Hermilando I. Mandanas of Batangas, a paper was presented by HealthJustice, a local advocacy group affiliated with the Southeast Asia Control Alliance.


  • Global health leaders cry out for health promotion
    7 April 2011 in Press Release

    To mark the occassion, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a Regional Workshop titled “Mid-term Review of Country Projects for Health Promotion Foundations and Tobacco Taxation.”


  • 7 paraan para matigil ang paninigarilyo
    6 April 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Hirap ka na bang huminga o hindi nawawalan ng ubo? Baka dahil iyan sa chronic obstructive pulmonary disease o COPD. Pinakamahalagang gawin ay gumawa ng paraan na matigil na ang paningarilyo at pangalawa’y manirahan sa “smoke-free environment”.


  • Ex-DOH chiefs join anti-smoking suit
    1 April 2011 in Public Health Updates

    THE fight for the implementation of the health department’s order to put graphic warnings on cigarette packs yesterday received a shot in the arm after the Supreme Court granted the petition of five former Department of Health secretaries to intervene in the case against the tobacco industry.


  • SC allows ex-Health Secretaries to intervene in landmark tobacco case
    30 March 2011 in Press Release

    Manila City, Philippines - Are pictures on cigarette packs not too far behind?

    The Supreme Court granted the petition of five Former Health Secretaries to intervene in the legal battle between the Department of Health (DOH) and the tobacco industry over the validity of DOH Administrative Order No. 13 or the Graphic Health Information order.


  • A smoking plea: Please increase sin tax
    28 March 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines - Robot-voices are calling for support for Health Secretary Enrique Ona’s position to increase the excise taxes on sin products. Among them is the New Vois Association Philippines, a support group for laryngeal cancer survivors.


  • Hubs, restos can be bad for health
    10 March 2011 in What We Do

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY?Hanging out in entertainment hubs and restaurants in Metro Manila can be bad for the health, according to a recent study.


  • EDITORYAL - Sige lang, DOH
    19 January 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MASIGASIG ang Department of Health (DOH) na mailigtas sa kamatayan ang maraming Pilipino dahil sa bisyong paninigarilyo. Kung anu-anong kampanya na ang ginawa ng DOH para mapigil sa paninigarilyo ang mga Pinoy. At isa sa mga ipinaglalaban ng DOH ay mai-print o mailagay ang graphic warnings sa kaha o pakete ng sigarilyo. Kung mailalagay ang mga larawan ng mga sakit na nakuha sa paninigarilyo, malaking tulong para lubusang matakot at tumigil na sa paninigarilyo ang mga lulong sa bisyo.


  • 5 DOH ex-heads, solid sa anti-yosi drive
    18 January 2011

    Limang dating kalihim ng Department of Health (DOH) ang umapela kahapon sa Korte Suprema na mapayagan ang paglalagay ng graphic information sa mga pakete ng sigarilyo bilang epektibong anti-yosi campaign.


  • Ex-health chiefs huff, puff vs cigarette firms
    18 January 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines?Maybe they are hoping that none of the country?s top jurists takes a puff or two. Heaven forbid if some of them do.


  • 5 ex-DoH chiefs ask SC to order warnings on cigarette packs
    18 January 2011 in Public Health Updates

    Five former health officials are asking the Supreme Court (SC) to order the insertion of warnings on cigarettes as well as all other tobacco products.


  • 5 former DOH heads join battle for picture warnings on cigaret packs
    18 January 2011 in Public Health Updates

    FIVE former Health secretaries yesterday asked the Supreme Court to declare valid the implementation of the Department of Health’s Administrative Order 2010-003 which requires tobacco manufacturers to use graphic picture warnings on the labels of their tobacco products to effectively communicate the health risks of smoking.


  • SC asked to allow use of anti-smoking warnings
    17 January 2011 in Public Health Updates

    MANILA, Philippines – Five former health secretaries Monday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to allow the implementation of a Department of Health (DoH) administrative order requiring the use of graphic picture warnings on the packages of all tobacco products, especially images of rotting lungs and throat cancer.


  • Five ex-Health secretaries join tobacco suit
    17 January 2011 in Public Health Updates

    FIVE former Health secretaries have asked the Supreme Court to allow graphic warnings and other health information on cigarette packs.


  • Kids Remind DOH to Put Picture Warnings on Cigarette Packs
    8 January 2011 in Press Release

    Graphic health information depicting the harms of tobacco use on the front and back of cigarette packs should have been in place since 2008 when the Philippines agreed to the guidelines of the graphic health information provision, Article 11 of the WHO-Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), but cigarette companies refuse to comply with the international health treaty.


  • Cancer Victims cry foul over tobacco industry agenda in WHO conference
    18 November 2010 in Press Release

    Cancer victims protest the seemingly pro-tobacco industry stance of the Philippine delegation in the World Health Organization (WHO) tobacco control meeting in Uruguay this week.


  • Batangas Court junks Philip Morris - Fortune Tobacco suit against DOH order to put picture warnings on cigarette packs
    17 October 2010 in Press Release

    The Regional Trial Court of Tanauan, Batangas has dismissed the case filed by PMFTC, Inc. against the Department of Health (DOH) seeking to nullify the latter's order requiring tobacco companies to put graphic health information on cigarette packs.  DOH Administrative Order 2010-0013 also prohibits the use of such terms as “low tar,” “light,” "ultra-light," "mild," "extra," and "ultra". 


  • Tobacco control groups celebrate Philippines court decision against tobacco multinational
    17 October 2010 in Press Release

    The global tobacco control community is celebrating a court decision in the Philippines that dismissed a challenge by the Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Company (PMFTC) of the Department of Health’s graphic health information policy.


  • Cancer Victims to PNOY: Were counting on you
    11 October 2010 in Press Release

    Cancer victims today expressed fear that a possible intervention of the tobacco industry in the selection of the delegation and in the country positions to the anti-smoking treaty will tarnish not just the reputation of the Philippines as a tobacco control champion in the international community, but that of President Noynoy Aquino’s anti-corruption stance.


  • ASEAN health advocates push for sustainable funding mechanisms for health promotion and tobacco control
    14 September 2010 in Press Release

    Tobacco control and other health advocates from no less than 15 countries around the Southeast Asian and Western Pacific regions, North America and Europe are in Hanoi, Vietnam today to September 16, 2010 for a regional workshop to strengthen capacity for health promotion and tobacco control through sustainable funding mechanisms such as dedicated tobacco taxes.


  • DOH files Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition before Supreme Court
    9 September 2010 in Press Release

    The Department of Health (DOH), represented by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), filed Tuesday, September 7, 2010, a Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition before the Supreme Court, assailing the Order of Hon. Alexander P. Tamayo of Branch 15, Malolos Regional Trial Court enjoining the implementation of Administrative Order No. 2010-0013 (AO), sans a hearing.


  • Groups back up DOH on pictures in cigarette packs
    2 August 2010 in Press Release

    Tobacco manufacturers in the country have gone to courts in Marikina, Batangas, Paranaque, Malabon and Pasig to attack the authority of the DOH in ordering the use of picture based health warnings on cigarette packs. 


  • Fortune Marikina RTC GHI
    6 July 2010 in Press Release

    Leading cigarette maker Fortune Tobacco secured a preliminary injunction in court on Tuesday, allowing it to suspend the health department’s order for graphic health information ( GHI) on cigarette packs.


  • P5 M Bond for Injunction against DOH AO on Graphic Information
    5 July 2010 in Press Release

    On July 1, the Marikina trial court issued an order granting Fortune Tobacco’s prayer for a Preliminary Injunction against DOH Administrative Order on Graphic Information and Misleading Descriptors on cigarette packs. This effectively suspends the implementation of the public health regulation to require tobacco companies to place graphic health information on their cigarette packs.  A bond of P5 million pesos was required from Fortune Tobacco.




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