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At least 250 vapes confiscated in Central Visayas

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:32 PM

At least 100 vapes are confiscated in Cebu alone. No arrests are made in the crackdown on electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices.

CONFISCATED. At least 250 confiscated Vapes from Central Visayas are confiscated. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

‘Like a general orders his soldiers’: Barbers says caseless arrests vs vapers lawful

Nov 22, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Contradicting lawyers in the government, dangerous drugs House committee chair Robert Ace Barbers believes that the President’s verbal e-cigarette ban is enough to consider as effective as a written executive order

'MODEL' DRUG WAR. Representative Robert Ace Barbers holds a press conference on July 3. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Vaping arrest order is latest legal conundrum in Duterte admin

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Is vaping allowed in designated smoking areas? The President's foot soldiers are piecing policy puzzles as they go.

LEGAL CONUNDRUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders ban on vape import, and orders arrest of vapers even without a law. Malacañang photo

DOH is '1000%' in support of vaping ban

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:17 PM

'That's the President's policy pronouncement,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on a vaping ban allowing for arrests of vape users, even though an executive order has yet to be issued

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gestures during a press conference at Quezon City on November 9, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

What case to file vs arrested vape users? ‘Wala,’ admits PNP

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Asked why cops should arrest vape users if they will not file a case, police OIC Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says, ‘Just to implement the directive of the President’

VAPE BAN. The Philippine National Police admits that their arrests still have no law to use as basis to file complaints. AFP file photo

Duterte warns judges against challenging vape ban

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The President's remark is the latest show of disregard for the independence of the judiciary and the role of lawyers

WARNING. President Rodrigo Duterte warns judges against interfering with his crackdown on vaping devices. Malacañang photo

Central Visayas top cop warns vapers: Smoke in public and end up in police station

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Central Visayas Police Chief Valeriano De Leon says his policy would be based on Executive Order 26, which bans smoking in public places

WARNING. Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon warns vapers not to smoke in public. Photo from Facebook page

PNP to arrest vape users even without Duterte executive order

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The Philippine National Police does not know whether they should also arrest vape users in designated smoking areas because they began without waiting for an executive order

New York sues e-cigarette firm Juul for targeting youngsters

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:04 AM

California also files a similar lawsuit, accusing Juul of misleading consumers by misrepresenting its products as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and of illegally selling to minors

RISKS. Juul faces mounting public backlash over the risks of vaping. Photo from Shutterstock

Duterte to ban use, importation of vape devices

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's order comes after the Department of Health confirmed the first Evali case in the country

Apple bans vaping apps from App Store

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Apple says it agrees with the assessment of US health experts who called the spread of e-cigarette and vaping products 'a public health crisis and a youth epidemic'

HEALTH HAZARD. In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018, a man exhales smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP

U.S. identifies likely culprit of vaping illness outbreak

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The US-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention identify vitamin E acetate as responsible for the vaping-linked lung injury outbreak in the United States

'WE VAPE, WE VOTE.' Demonstrator vapes during a rally outside of the White House to protest the proposed vaping flavor ban in Washington DC on November 9, 2019. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

Rappler Talk: Maricar Limpin on health problems posed by e-cigarettes

Oct 25, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Rappler sits down with tobacco cessation expert and pulmonologist Maricar Limpin on the harmful effects of e-cigarettes

DOH urges stricter surveillance of vaping-related illnesses

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says this would allow 'existing health information systems capture to data on vaping-related disorders'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. The DOH says there is a lack of conclusive evidence to support the safety of e-cigarettes. Image from Shutterstock

U.S. study shows chemical burns associated with e-cigarette use

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:21 AM

But it may take more years of research to determine what exactly makes e-cigarettes dangerous

E-cigarettes: 5 things to know

Oct 04, 2019 - 6:27 PM

E-cigarettes were initially touted as less damaging than tobacco, which causes around 8 million deaths a year

LACK OF EVIDENCE. The DOH says there is a lack of conclusive evidence to support the safety of e-cigarettes. Image from Shutterstock

Walmart ending sales of e-cigarettes

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:49 PM

This comes less than a week after the states of New York and Michigan announced a ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes

E-CIGARETTES. Walmart will stop selling e-cigarettes once its current stocks end. File photo

Vaping-related illness sickens over 500 in U.S.

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:13 AM

More than half the cases involved patients under 25 years of age and three-quarters were men, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018 a man exhales smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. - Canada reported its first hospitalization for severe respiratory illness linked to vaping on September 18, 2019, following an outbreak in the US that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP)

British American Tobacco stubs out 2,300 jobs, as vaping casts cloud

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

British American Tobacco, the maker of Dunhill and Lucky Strike cigarettes, says the job cuts would ensure savings which can be reinvested in new product categories

A packet of Dunhill cigarettes made by British American Tobacco is photographed in London, 28 February 2006. Cigarette giant British American Tobacco reported on Tuesday a 29-percent drop in pre-tax profits to £2.588 billion pounds (3.796 billion euros, 4.503 billion dollars) in 2005, but the results were skewed by big deals in 2004. BAT also expressed "regret" at a decision earlier this month by Britain's parliament to approve a total ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces in England, following similar moves in Ireland and other European countries. The group, which makes Kent and Dunhill cigarettes, said in its official earnings release that revenue sank 13 percent to 9.325 billion pounds last year, compared with 2004. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA / AFP)

U.S. to ban flavored vaping products as lung disease cases surge

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The US Health and Human Services says that non-tobacco flavors are being targeted for their youth appeal

DANGEROUS. In this file photo taken on January 22, 2018 shows Jeremy Wong blows vapor from an e-cigarette at The Vaping Buddha on January 23, 2018 in South San Francisco, California.  Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Thailand first in Asia to roll out plain cigarette packaging

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Keeping a uniform typeface below graphic depictions of smoking-related illnesses will make the products less attractive to buyers, says Prakit Vathesatogkit, vice chair of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance

PLAIN PACKAGING. This photo illustration shows new generic packaging for cigarettes in Bangkok on September 10, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

U.S. probes link between vaping and lung disease as patient dies

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:45 AM

United States health authorities are investigating if e-cigarette use is linked to nearly 200 cases of severe lung illness

House OKs bill increasing taxes on alcohol, e-cigarettes starting 2020

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The new sin tax bill is the first measure to have successfully hurdled the House in the 18th Congress

House substitutes bill on alcohol tax hike to also include e-cigarette tax

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Just before it is approved on 2nd reading, the bill increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks is substituted with a new version that expands its coverage

San Francisco first major U.S. city to ban e-cigarette sales

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:47 AM

The city's legislature unanimously approves an ordinance which backers say is necessary due to the 'significant public health consequences' of a 'dramatic surge' in vaping among youths

WHO decries Big Tobacco bid to rebrand World No Tobacco Day

May 30, 2019 - 12:10 AM

WHO voices concern at attempts by Philip Morris International to co-opt international efforts for its own campaign this week promoting new vaping and heated tobacco products as part of the solution to the world's smoking epidemic

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New scheme: Cigarette tax stamps traded for sardines, noodles

Apr 09, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue discovers a new scheme by illicit tobacco traders: offering sardines or a pack of noodles in exchange for tax stamps

E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble – study

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:33 PM

This kind of study is a preliminary one that does not go so far as to say vaping causes heart trouble, or suggest a biological mechanism as to how this might happen

E-CIGARETTES. A man smokes an e-cigarette in Bordeaux, western France, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Nicolas Tucat/AFP

Philip Morris eyes insurance incentives in campaign for vaping products

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Philip Morris is seeking lower insurance rates for smokers who switch to their 'smoke-free' IQOS products

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Vaping twice better for quitting smoking than patches, gum – study

Jan 31, 2019 - 7:11 AM

However, an accompanying editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine cautioned: 'While e-cigarettes are 'safer' than traditional cigarettes, they are not without risks'

SAFE OR NOT? The scientific community are giving contradictory answers on the effects of using electronic cigarettes.

JUUL e-cigarette maker aims to curb youth appeal

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:17 PM

E-cigarette maker says: 'We certainly don't want youth using the product. It is bad for public health, and it is bad for our mission' which is 'eliminating cigarettes'

Duque asks Duterte to certify tobacco tax hike bill as urgent

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Health wants excise tax on cigarettes to be increased to P90 per pack from the current P32.50

MORE EXPENSIVE CIGARETTES. Customers looks at a stall selling cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at a mall in Manila. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Health advocates urge gov't to increase tobacco tax

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:19 PM

'If we do not implement [higher] tax at this time, by the time President Duterte steps down, we will actually have one million new smokers,' says Dr Ulysses Dorotheo of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance

TOBACCO CONTROL. Health advocates present ways government can continue to strengthen tobacco control in the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DOH: 'Barely any evidence' to prove e-cigarettes safe

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:46 PM

The DOH says that with 'the lack of conclusive data regarding the long-term effects of using e-cigarettes, its health risks cannot be ignored'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. The DOH says there is a lack of conclusive evidence to support the safety of e-cigarettes. Image from Shutterstock

Smoking: A rundown on lighting up

May 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Here are some facts and figures ahead of the United Nations' World No Tobacco Day Thursday, May 31

Customs seizes cigarettes smuggled from China

Apr 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The Bureau of Customs says the cigarettes, worth P18.5 million, were misdeclared as 'industrial artificial fur texture'

BOC seizes P18.5-M worth of smuggled cigarettes. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Big tobacco wins in smoke-friendly Southeast Asia, says report

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:04 PM

The report says some of the world's highest concentrations of tobacco users are in Indonesia, where 76.2 percent of males aged 15 or older smoke; Vietnam, and the Philippines

Pacquiao wants to increase cigarette tax to P60 per pack

Oct 10, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The neophyte senator is confident he can defend his proposed tax measure in the Senate

EXCISE TAX. Senator Manny Pacquiao files a bill seeking to impose higher tax on cigarattes. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Senate bill seeks to ban e-cigarette use in schools, gov't offices, PUVs

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The bill also seeks to limit the marketing sale and distribution of the product allowing only those 18 years old and above to buy and use it

Image from Shutterstock

DOH mulls covering e-cigarettes in smoking ban implementation

Jun 01, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also reveals her department s plan to bring to the Philippines a technology that will detect ambient nicotine present indoors

How to quit smoking – for good

May 31, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Some of you may be going through the same struggle. You know it's not good for you, but you're stuck in a cycle of feeling deprived and craving and relapsing. It's all right – I've been there too many times to count

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

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

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

FAST FACTS: Tobacco funds in the Philippines

May 16, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Use of tobacco funds by local government units has long been marred by issues of corruption

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

RAID. Revenue officials discover cigarettes with fake tax stamps in two warehouses in Bulacan on March 24, 2017. Photo by BOC

#PugadBaboy: Alternative Careers

Mar 24, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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

'I'LL FORGET IT.' President Duterte is open to 'forgetting' about the falsification of tax stamps by Mighty Corp if they pay the government P3 billion. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo.

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

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