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Vendors may sell by cigarettes but must carry graphic health warning


Vendors could still hawk cigarettes by stick if they came with packaging bearing health warnings, Sen. Pia Cayetano said.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

10 Filipinos die hourly due to smoking-related illnesses – Drilon


en Filipinos die every hour from smoking-related illnesses, Senate President Franklin Drilon said Monday as he co-sponsored a bill requiring picture warnings on cigarette packaging with the aim of reducing smoking incidence in the country.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Print health warnings, tobacco firms dared


A group of cancer survivors has challenged tobacco companies to prove their sincerity in supporting a bill that would require them to print graphic health warnings on their cigarette packs by withdrawing all the legal suits they had filed against the Department of Health (DOH).

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

More smokers worldwide than in 1980—study


More people smoke worldwide today than in 1980, as population growth surges and cigarettes gain popularity in countries such as China, India and Russia, researchers said Tuesday.

Posted: January 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Sin taxes effective vs smoking


Higher tobacco taxes appear to be an effective tool in helping Filipinos kick the smoking habit, according to a group of health advocates.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House body seeks review of excise tax law on cigarettes


The House ways and means committee will review the new sin tax law, which has so far yielded lower than expected revenues and barely reduced the smoking population.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sin tax law ups revenues but has not cut down smoking

The sin tax reform law has been bringing in expected increased revenues from the sale of heavily taxed cigarettes but has yet to make a dent in lowering the incidence of smoking in the Philippines. Sen. Franklin Drilon, sponsor of the sin tax law, believes that graphic warnings on the harmful effects of smoking, similar to these printed on the cigarette packets on sale in Bangkok, Thailand, could do the trick.  AP PHOTO/APICHART WEERAWONG

The sin tax reform law has been bringing in expected increased revenues from the sale of heavily taxed cigarettes but has yet to make a dent in lowering the incidence of smoking in the country.

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Rizal cops shun vices briefly to help kids


Breaking bad habits and turning them into opportunities to help were how Inspector Lisa Reyes sold the idea of a school supply drive to her colleagues.

Posted: June 5th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Fake branded cigarettes, food items from China seized

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon (left), BOC Intelligence Group chief Danny Lim and intellectual property rights lawyer Zsae de Guzman on Tuesday show samples of fake branded cigarettes seized at a Manila warehouse. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized fresh shipments of counterfeit cigarettes and assorted food items from China, bringing to over P92 million the value of similar items confiscated over the past two weeks.

Posted: May 28th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Scrapping of smoking ban in Tagaytay scored


Health advocates on Tuesday slammed the decision of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) of Cavite to scrap the smoking ban in Tagaytay City.

Posted: March 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

N. Zealand to introduce plain packets for tobacco


New Zealand announced plans Tuesday to force tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packaging, becoming only the second country in the world after Australia to introduce the measure.

Posted: February 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Graphic warnings on cigarette packs work, study shows

This image courtesy of the US Department of Health and Human Services center for Disease Control and Prevention shows a clip of an anti smoking advertisement. Roosevelt never thought that at 45-years-old he would have a heart attack due to his smoking. In this TV ad, from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, he talks about the impact his smoking-related heart attack has had on his life. These anti tobacco print ads and video testimonies by the CDC are a campaign to inspire smokers to quit smoking. AFP PHOTO

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.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Hoarding forcing smokers to quit?


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

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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