Hoarding forcing smokers to quit?



Could cigarette retailers be actually doing sin tax supporters a favor and encouraging more smokers to quit sooner?

The idea was broached Thursday by sin tax supporters who maintained that manipulative traders—not the revenue-generating law—is to blame for the missing cigarettes as well as the unwarranted and sudden surge of prices.

The New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP), a cancer control and tobacco control advocacy group composed mostly of throat cancer survivors, said they are looking forward to the eventual phaseout of “tingi” (piecemeal) vendors on the streets through the sin tax to reduce the accessibility of cigarettes. Jeannette I. Andrade

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  • beerhunters

    Nope. just to jack up the price! “Come to where the flavour is, come to the cemetery”!

  • Karabkatab

    This is good news indeed.  Keep the hoarding practice escalate.  Sooner or later those cigarettes will expire and no one will buy them. Meantime, most smokers will realize that, after all, smoking  is a habit that is easy to break.

    • chris_t610

      Wrong. have you smoked cigarette before? Ask any heavy smoker and the answer will be unanimous; bad habits are simply tremendously hard to break. And I couldn’t agree more.

      I am a smoker for more than 15 years and can’t count the times I tried to break away from cigarettes. And mind you, I smoked an average of 2 packs per day, sometimes even 3! Look for a chain smoker and I could become a likely candidate.

      The only time I stopped was when my body no longer wanted the taste of cigarettes. I suppose it was a miracle considering how addicted I was to nicotine. But until that time comes to any smoker, such habit is almost impossible to break.

      So unless you are a cigarette smoker, you will never understand the feeling of urge that runs through folks that are into the habit.

      • Karabkatab

        Yes I was once a smoker and I smoked more than what you probably consumed.  One day I decided, I will not smoke and that was it.  Of course, I failed for several times but with deliberate actions, one can be successful. This hoarding case, is one incentive for some smokers to totally abandon the habit.

      • chris_t610

        Good for us then ;-)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        buti ka pa! congratulations! 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        do you even care that there may be someone pregnant, or with asthma, or a child within seven meters of you when you smoke? do you know how you can ruin a jogger’s day just by letting your smoke loose?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        if you can’t kick your filthy, disgusting, selfish, useless, worthless habit, then use a vape. at least you can minimize the damage. rest assured, the damage to yourself will remain the same. no worries. have a nice day. 

      • Karabkatab

        Hold your horses Ornbort and don’t shot the messenger.  Chris’ sentiment after-all is anti-smoking.  He is just expounding the hardship in quitting the bad habit, which is true.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        buti ikaw ethical. that is appreciated. ang daming hindi. the information on how bad smoking is has been around since the 1980s. why did you guys even start? bang. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        i did try smoking. felt like crap. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        my apologies then. am venting my ire against those who aren’t as thoughtful as you two. smoking in public with kids present is like punching that child. seriously, genetic damage starts as soon as they breathe in the secondhand smoke. research it. 

      • philip_manila

         Why the negative reply? chris_t610 was just trying to explain his opinion

      • chris_t610

        I don’t usually respond to these types of comments, but just for once I will address your concern.

        Even when I was a smoker, I refrain from doing it on public places as I find it rather unethical to do so within the inconveniences of others.

        All I am saying is that breaking the habit is no easy feat. Cheers!

    • 12JEM

      Not easy but breakable. I started smoking when I was nine years old and stopped when I was 22, at the time I was burning 22 sticks a day.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Hoarding or forcing smokers to quit, whatever. The question is where will they get the 40 billion additional tax collections envisioned by Drilon and the yellowgeniuses of PNoy’s cabinet. How will they finance the RH bill now which funds are supposed to come from the sin tax collections? Somebody up there is smiling on their follies.

    • Karabkatab

      Good analysis you have there spitfire.  We have to be thankful to the brilliance of government men with their simple formula of enlarging the multiplier to rake in a huge tax money.  

    • Ernesto Ancheta

      Majority of smokers will never quit, maski tumaas pa ang presyo they will continue.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    to all cigarette vendors…sell fruit or healthy snacks. profitable and healthy!!! :D

    • Karabkatab

      Nice suggestion you have here.  Maybe exempt the fruit vendors from paying local tax compared to cigarette stall owners.

    • Ernesto Ancheta

      not very profitable compared to a cigarette vendor. would you believe vendors in a populated places (with lots of jeepney drivers) earns as much as 350 – 450/day. not bad eh, ex a fortune menthol pack of 20 cost 18Php  b4 the sin tax, and it was being sold tingi at 1.50 – 2 range (kasi others will no longer get the 50 cents) plus the other brands?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEHZP52OVNUUPVT3VJNWPUGVLU Peter L

    Smokers who can quit, you need not worry! Cancer and other related diseases will soon halt your activities. Good riddance. LOL. 

  • Rovingmoron

    That’s the only way to reduce rapid population explosion. My advice to smokers: always put Halls candies inside your pocket. Every time you feel like smoking, put a Halls candy in your mouth.

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      ..then you die of diabetes

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BHMEX5BFO3MOXZ7K2MP6NNGSW4 dark

         prove it

      • Ernesto Ancheta

        probably will not die, but for sure will be afflicted with diabetes type 2

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BHMEX5BFO3MOXZ7K2MP6NNGSW4 dark

         give me an article or a medical journal that will link diabetes with eating candies..

      • WeAry_Bat

        both of you may be wrong.

        people will die of the dental bills from teeth cavity caused by the candies :)

  • Mytzteplix

    We smoked imported or “Blue Seal” cigarettes, instead of local made. Marlboro Red is being sold at Php 70.00, while imported Marlboro’s (Red, Gold and Medium) were at Php 100 per pack. I’m not a heavy smoker and a packed of cigarettes will last for 3 days. Dapat mag blue seal na lang ang mga tao.

  • virgoyap

    Encourage people to smoke so that many will die of cancer, heart attack, stroke, high blood etc.. thus there’s no need of RH law to be implemented. Hehehe joke only….

  • WeAry_Bat

    My fellow smokers and I were saying, had it been P100 per pack, we would start quitting soon.   I am slowing it down though I know cold turkey is how it is done.

    I just thought, though I was in favor of the sin tax, I should have cheered those who wanted a higher tax.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    mga intsik switik na naman

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