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To shift or not: Ilocos Sur farmers urged to keep growing tobacco

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Candon City in Ilocos Sur goes against the Philippines' local and international commitments to shift farmers away from tobacco to alternative crops and livelihood

To shift or not: Ilocos Sur farmers urged to keep growing tobacco

What local governments owe tobacco farmers

May 29, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Tobacco farmers in Sta Cruz, Ilocos Sur, say their local government uses its share in excise taxes on cigarettes in funding non-tobacco farming projects

What local governments owe tobacco farmers

E-cigarettes not covered by smoking ban EO

May 19, 2017 - 7:41 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says they will include e-cigarettes 'when we have more information and recommendation' from the World Health Organization

E-cigarettes not covered by smoking ban EO

P3.2-B cigarettes with fake stamps found in Bulacan warehouses

Mar 24, 2017 - 3:02 PM

The raid on the warehouses storing Mighty Corporation cigarettes is made two days after the government filed a P9.6-billion tax evasion case against the company

P3.2-B cigarettes with fake stamps found in Bulacan warehouses

#PugadBaboy: Alternative Careers

Mar 24, 2017 - 11:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Alternative Careers

Duterte to Wongchukings: Pay double, I'll forget about it

Mar 09, 2017 - 5:39 PM

The President says the P1.5-billion offer of Mighty Corporation owners is 'unacceptable': 'There was deceit. So he needs to give double. He should offer P3 billion.'

Duterte to Wongchukings: Pay double, I'll forget about it

DOJ issues lookout bulletin orders vs Mighty Corp owners

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the lookout bulletin orders are in connection with the smuggling allegations against the cigarette company

DOJ issues lookout bulletin orders vs Mighty Corp owners

Mighty Corp blames 'malfunctioning' BIR devices for 'fake' stamps

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:21 PM

The Department of Finance says revenue agencies are gathering evidence to support an 'air-tight case' against the country's oldest cigarette company

Mighty Corp blames 'malfunctioning' BIR devices for 'fake' stamps

BOC to launch probe into top 3 smuggled items

Feb 11, 2017 - 10:07 PM

Smuggling of luxury vehicles, cigarettes, and oil are the top sources of revenue leaks, amounting to more than P50 billion a year, say Customs officials

BOC to launch probe into top 3 smuggled items

DOH chief opposes bill on 2-tier cigarette tax

Jan 12, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says most of the members of the Duterte Cabinet support unitary taxation on cigarettes

DOH chief opposes bill on 2-tier cigarette tax

Health advocates: Pressure needed to stop 'weak' cigarette tax bill

Dec 20, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Those who oppose the proposed two-tier excise tax structure on cigarettes urge Filipinos to rally behind a unitary tax rate of P40 by 2018

Health advocates: Pressure needed to stop 'weak' cigarette tax bill

P7.5M worth of fake cigarettes confiscated in Cagayan de Oro

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Bureau of Customs identified the owner of the confiscated materials as a certain Mister Chan, a Taiwanese who operates businesses in this city

P7.5M worth of fake cigarettes confiscated in Cagayan de Oro

Will we see plain cigarette packs under a Duterte presidency?

May 31, 2016 - 10:50 PM

On May 31, World No Tobacco Day, the WHO urges countries to remove logos, colors, brand images, or promotional information on cigarette packs

Will we see plain cigarette packs under a Duterte presidency?

New Zealand, Norway back plain packets for cigarettes

May 31, 2016 - 5:22 PM

The announcements, which coincide with World No Tobacco Day, mean cigarettes must be sold in drab boxes plastered with health warnings and gruesome pictures of smoking-related diseases.

New Zealand, Norway back plain packets for cigarettes

Ombudsman strictly implements smoking ban

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The Ombudsman will now police smokers in all its offices, including those using e-cigarettes

Ombudsman strictly implements smoking ban

Health advocates to tobacco firms: We're watching you

Mar 03, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Tobacco control advocates remind manufacturers to start printing cigarette packs with graphic health warnings

Health advocates to tobacco firms: We're watching you

Graphic health warning law now in effect

Mar 03, 2016 - 9:58 AM

Starting March 3, all tobacco products manufactured or imported for sale in the Philippines will be required to carry graphic health warnings

Graphic health warning law now in effect

Smoking among Australian youth hits record low: study

Jan 28, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The decline is applauded as a success story, with plain cigarette-packaging laws and higher prices credited as factors, according to a report published in the Public Health Research and Practice journal

Smoking among Australian youth hits record low: study

Philip Morris faces tax evasion case in Thailand

Jan 19, 2016 - 3:31 PM

The tobacco giant is accused of under-declaring import prices for cigarettes from the Philippines

Philip Morris faces tax evasion case in Thailand

Australia welcomes plain cigarette packaging 'win'

Dec 18, 2015 - 1:27 PM

The government in Canberra welcomes the decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration to refuse jurisdiction over a case brought by smoking giant Philip Morris

Australia welcomes plain cigarette packaging 'win'

Hontiveros to tobacco firms: No excuses, use graphic health warning

Nov 11, 2015 - 3:35 PM

The ex-PhilHealth director and senatorial aspirant says a 4-month delay in government's implementation of the law places more Filipinos at risk of tobacco-related deaths

Hontiveros to tobacco firms: No excuses, use graphic health warning

The wRap Indonesia: Justice for mass killing victims, Rohingya rape allegations

Oct 01, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Indonesia commemorates 50 years since the events that triggered mass killings against communists, Rohingya women accuse Aceh men of sexually abusing them, and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

The wRap Indonesia: Justice for mass killing victims, Rohingya rape allegations

Bloomberg lauds PH for sin tax law

Mar 19, 2015 - 9:18 PM

The Department of Finance and Department of Health receive the 2015 Awards for Global Tobacco Control from Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg lauds PH for sin tax law

DOH releases templates for scary cigarette packs

Nov 07, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Cigarette companies are mandated by a new law to place bolder warnings against smoking in their cigarette packs by 2015

DOH releases templates for scary cigarette packs

France to go for plain cigarette packets in 2016

Oct 08, 2014 - 6:07 PM

The government introduces a series of measures in an attempt to curb high smoking rates, which kills 200 people a day in France

France to go for plain cigarette packets in 2016

Smokers' paradise Austria struggles to stub out habit

Sep 26, 2014 - 8:48 PM

Anti-smoking advocates are set for a boost after the newly appointed health minister called for a total ban on smoking in public places within five years

Smokers' paradise Austria struggles to stub out habit

US pharmacy giant CVS ends tobacco sales

Sep 04, 2014 - 10:23 AM

The leading US drug chain is changing its name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health 'to reflect its broader health care commitment'

US pharmacy giant CVS ends tobacco sales

INFOGRAPHIC: What a scary cigarette pack in PH will look like

Jul 22, 2014 - 5:09 PM

(UPDATED) Is the Philippines’ graphic health warning law anything close to guidelines set by the World Health Organization?

INFOGRAPHIC: What a scary cigarette pack in PH will look like

Thais to get bigger anti-smoking warnings on cigarette packs

Jun 27, 2014 - 10:06 PM

The warnings will increase from 55% to 85% of the surface of both sides of every cigarette packet

Thais to get bigger anti-smoking warnings on cigarette packs

Congress ratifies graphic health warning bill

Jun 11, 2014 - 6:42 PM

The ratified bicam version entitled 'The Graphic Health Warning Law' now awaits President Benigno Aquino III’s signature

Congress ratifies graphic health warning bill

World No Tobacco Day: Doctors urge WHO not to snuff out e-cig

May 29, 2014 - 10:22 PM

'It would be unethical and harmful to inhibit the option to switch to tobacco harm-reduction products' like e-cigarettes, says the letter

World No Tobacco Day: Doctors urge WHO not to snuff out e-cig

Anti-smoking group to cigarette companies: 'Don't target the youth'

Apr 21, 2014 - 2:24 PM

Anti-smoking advocates say cigarette companies are deliberately targeting the youth and circumventing the law

Anti-smoking group to cigarette companies: 'Don't target the youth'

Delay in graphic warning bill 'persecuting Filipinos' – groups

Apr 16, 2014 - 1:12 PM

A 2008 Australian study shows exposure to graphic health warnings can make smokers think twice about smoking

Delay in graphic warning bill 'persecuting Filipinos' – groups

E-cigarette use not linked to quitting smoking: study

Mar 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Out of 949 smokers, only 13% stopped smoking in 1 year after using an e-cigarette

E-cigarette use not linked to quitting smoking: study

US drugstore giant CVS to stop selling cigarettes

Feb 05, 2014 - 11:01 PM

The decision will likely cause the company to lose around $2 billion in revenues from cigarette sales

US drugstore giant CVS to stop selling cigarettes

New York City bans sale of cigarettes to under 21s

Nov 01, 2013 - 12:04 AM

New York City votes to ban the sale of cigarettes to those under the age of 21

New York City bans sale of cigarettes to under 21s

Mighty Tobacco probed for selling cheap cigarettes

Oct 29, 2013 - 5:35 AM

Local cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation is in hot water for selling cigarette sticks at P1 each, way cheaper than competitors

Mighty Tobacco probed for selling cheap cigarettes

EU lawmakers approve new anti-smoking bill

Oct 08, 2013 - 8:50 PM

The European Parliament refused to classify e-cigarettes as medicinal products, which would have restricted their sale to pharmacies

EU lawmakers approve new anti-smoking bill

Can PH regulate its e-cigarette industry?

Jul 24, 2013 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) The Food and Drug Administration will need extra resources and manpower to properly regulate the e-cigarette industry

Can PH regulate its e-cigarette industry?

E-cigarettes: To ban or not to ban?

Jul 24, 2013 - 7:16 AM

Contrasting claims about the pros and cons of e-cigarettes leave government in a quandary

E-cigarettes: To ban or not to ban?

Cigarette-maker BAT beefs up manufacturing plans in PH

Jun 05, 2013 - 7:41 PM

Cigarette-maker British American Tobacco plans to put up its own Philippine factory in the country either in 2014 or 2015

Cigarette-maker BAT beefs up manufacturing plans in PH

Smoking kills? Not in graphics

Feb 19, 2013 - 7:31 AM

In the Philippines, the march towards implementing more effective picture warnings on cigarette packs has ground to a halt

Smoking kills? Not in graphics

Enrile to smoke again to prove sin tax point

Nov 29, 2012 - 2:50 PM

Enrile shows off a pack of smuggled cigarettes to prove that smuggling will exacerbate once sin tax becomes law

Enrile to smoke again to prove sin tax point

Teen smokers to quit if cigarettes get too expensive - SWS

Nov 15, 2012 - 9:17 PM

Around 8% of Filipino teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years old are already smokers, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Teen smokers to quit if cigarettes get too expensive - SWS

ADB: sin tax hike to boost PH economy by 0.11% to 0.53%

Nov 13, 2012 - 4:25 PM

The Manila-based Asian Development Bank said the Philippine economy will benefit and cigarette-related deaths could decrease if governments will allow cigarette prices to increase

ADB: sin tax hike to boost PH economy by 0.11% to 0.53%

Look, mate, scary cigarette packs!

Aug 17, 2012 - 3:00 PM

Picture warnings can slash a significant segment of tobacco companies’ existing market, as well as prevent the formation of a new generation of smokers

Look, mate, scary cigarette packs!

Neon brights

Apr 12, 2012 - 7:44 PM

Plains & Prints veers away from the usual summer style staples

Neon brights

WHO: Tobacco industry 'a devious enemy'

Mar 20, 2012 - 7:50 PM

WHO chief Margaret Chan tags the tobacco industry as a 'ruthless and devious enemy' and urges governments and groups to unite vs cigarette firms

WHO: Tobacco industry 'a devious enemy'

N. Luzon lawmakers divided on sin tax reforms

Mar 15, 2012 - 7:20 PM

After Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson expressed his support to the Malacanang-backed sin tax reforms, other lawmakers in his region in turn are worried

Strange bedfellows seek sin tax reform

Mar 05, 2012 - 9:14 PM

Unlikely political allies joined together to push for reforming the tax on tobacco and alcohol

Strange bedfellows seek sin tax reform