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Individuals and establishments caught violating President Rodrigo Duterte's executive order will face fines or imprisonment
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also reveals her department's plan to bring to the Philippines a technology that will detect ambient nicotine present indoors
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Local governments are 'encouraged' to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
Through the national hotline, smokers can get advice on how to start quitting, and information about facilities that can provide services for quitting
Ulysses Dorotheo of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance notes, however, that Executive Order 26 is 'not as strong as the Davao ordinance'
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says they will include e-cigarettes 'when we have more information and recommendation' from the World Health Organization
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(UPDATED) Executive Order 26 sets strict guidelines on designated smoking areas and bans them altogether in schools, including universities, and recreational facilities for minors
'Drastically raising the tobacco excise taxes proved to be the single most effective way of reducing tobacco use among smokers in the Philippines,' says the Philippines' health department
A study reveals that global smoking deaths are up by 5% since 1990, and shows that the percentage of smokers in Indonesia and the Philippines have not dropped since then.
A provision prohibiting indoor smoking areas is the most contentious part of the draft executive order, says the President
(UPDATED) Two cabinet officials say the President is set to sign the EO soon. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says there will be revisions to the DOH draft EO.
'I'm really not sure why it's taking a lot of time, but I think it's been through legal review and also the complete staff work by the presidential staff,' says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial
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The health department is concerned that e-cigarettes have become a 'gateway to conventional smoking'
The government begins the full implementation of Republic Act 10643 or the Graphic Health Warnings Law 8 months after the law took effect in March
'I've always been against even building a structure inside just to accommodate smokers. That ain't the way,' says the President
The implementing rules and regulations will identify what areas are considered public places. It will also provide details on the sanctions or penalties for violators.
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial bares more details of the draft executive order being reviewed by the Office of the President during a budget hearing at the Senate
The EO is patterned after a Davao City ordinance banning smoking in all public areas, including in vehicles
'These products still carry risk with them, as the technology used may still be defective and the substance used still contains nicotine,' say the proponents of House Bill Number 3330
The latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey also shows more than 4.2 million students in 22 countries in the region are cigarette smokers
On May 31, World No Tobacco Day, the WHO urges countries to remove logos, colors, brand images, or promotional information on cigarette packs
The Ombudsman will now police smokers in all its offices, including those using e-cigarettes
'It is well established that pregnant women should not smoke, but these new results reveal that smoking during pregnancy leaves a lasting mark on the genome that persists into childhood'
The World Health Organization study also finds that more boys than girls are overweight, but more girls think they are too fat
The move has inspired other villages around the country to follow suit and take the law into their own hands as the central government shows little sign of launching a determined, nationwide fight against tobacco
Tobacco control advocates remind manufacturers to start printing cigarette packs with graphic health warnings
Starting March 3, all tobacco products manufactured or imported for sale in the Philippines will be required to carry graphic health warnings
The presidential candidate says the more serious issue is candidates who are into illegal drugs or have health problems
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
A city ordinance imposes fines of up to P1,500 on smoking, and P500 on littering starting on January 11
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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
In Indonesia, kids as young as 2 years old are hooked on cigarettes
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
The court found that the conditions of the inmate's detention were a 'breach of human dignity'
While Europeans are living longer than ever before, increases in life expectancy and declines in premature mortality may 'flatten off' if the 3 big lifestyle risk factors are not dealt with, a senior WHO director says
Ministers of health from the WHO's 53 European members on Wednesday also signed up to an unprecedented roadmap to make 'tobacco a thing of the past'
A recent study shows that high blood pressure – which is easily diagnosed and readily treated – was the top health risk in 2013, contributing to 10.4 million deaths
(UPDATED) Duterte's spokesman Peter T. Laviña says the incident written about by Piñol happened 'a long time ago' and did not involve a revolver being pointed at the tourist
The Court of Appeals says the MMDA is not among the government agencies deputized to implement RA 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003
Proceeds from the taxes on cigarettes rose to P74.33 billion in 2014 from P32.16 billion in 2012, the Bureau of Internal Revenue says