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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

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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

News Briefs: March 2, 2017

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday March 2

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

Dominguez to BIR: Tighten monitoring of fake tax stamps

Jan 25, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue is looking into the alleged use of fake tax stamps by certain tobacco manufacturers

This picture shows electronic cigarettes (C-row) on display at a stall in Manila on April 12, 2013. The Philippine health department warned the public on April 12 against electronic cigarettes, saying the tobacco substitute could turn children into smokers. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO / AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

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

UNITARY TAXATION. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial opposes House Bill 4144 which proposes a two-tier excise tax structure on cigarettes. Rappler screenshot

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

Drug rehab, RH budget, Zika, and other public health newsmakers in 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 8 issues in the public health sector that made headlines in 2016

House approves bill that removes uniform cigarette tax

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:04 PM

The House of Representatives passes the bill despite opposition from the Department of Finance

PASSED. The House of Representatives gives its nod to House Bill Number 4144 on December 13. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House okays 2-tier cigarette tax bill on 2nd reading

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:50 PM

House ways and means panel chair Dakila Cua says HB 4144 if passed into law would generate additional P14 billion in government revenue

ONE MORE STEP. HB 4144 hurdles its second reading at the House of Representatives. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOF: Bill imposing 2-tier tax on cigarettes won't benefit farmers

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:18 PM

The House committee on ways and means approves HB 4144 after only two committee deliberations

PASSED THE COMMITTEE LEVEL. The House ways and means committee approves HB Number 4144 on December 5.

Draft EO on smoking ban includes e-cigarettes

Nov 18, 2016 - 9:27 AM

The health department is concerned that e cigarettes have become a gateway to conventional smoking

PH cigarette packs bear graphic health warnings starting Nov 4

Nov 04, 2016 - 3:47 PM

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

NO MORE EXCUSES. The Graphic Health Warning Law takes effect nationwide on November 8, 2016. Cigarette manufacturers were given the last 8 months to exhaust their stocks of packs that only bore text warnings. Photo by Mauricio Victa/Rappler

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

SMUGGLED. Bureau of Customs operatives shows fake Marlboro cigarettes that they confiscated after raiding two warehouses in Cagayan de Oro City on October 12, 2016. Photo by Bobby lagsa/Rappler

Lawmakers want to regulate e-cigarettes

Sep 03, 2016 - 9:00 AM

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

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

1 in 12 students in Western Pacific uses tobacco – survey

Jun 29, 2016 - 2:10 PM

The latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey also shows more than 4 2 million students in 22 countries in the region are cigarette smokers

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

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY. For 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to implement the plain packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging photo from WHO brochure

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

PLAIN PACKAGING. A picture made available on May 4, 2016 shows a smoker enjoying a cigarette in Canberra, Australia, May 3, 2016. File photo by Sam Mooy/EPA

Tobacco giants lose appeal against UK plain packaging rules

May 19, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Under the directive health warnings must cover 65 percent of the front and back of every pack of cigarettes with additional warnings on the top

TOBACCO CHANGES. A man arranges cigarettes in a grocer's shop in central London, Britain, 22 January 2015. File photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

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

Major study confirms moms' smoking changes fetal DNA

Apr 01, 2016 - 8:45 AM

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

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

GRAPHIC HEALTH WARNINGS. Rommel Arriola (L) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines, together with New Vois Association of the Philippines President Emer Rojas (C) and Ang Nars Representative Leah Paquiz (R) present scary cigarette packs from other countries. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

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

NO SCARY CIGARETTE PACKS YET. A Filipino vendor sells cigarettes in a street in Manila, Philippines, on 31 May 2011. File photo by Francis R. Malasig

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

TEEN SMOKING DOWN. A cigarette pack with plain packaging is displayed at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 15 August 2012. File Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

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

Sin tax collections up 25.96% January-November

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Wine is the biggest gainer this year in terms of volume taxed although revenue collected on the beverage has dropped slightly this year

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

PLAIN PACKAGING WIN. A generic plain packaged cigarette pack is displayed during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 15 August 2012. File Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

E-cigarettes contain dangerous 'popcorn lung' chemicals

Dec 09, 2015 - 10:11 AM

75 of tested samples have diacetyl which has been linked to respiratory disease bronchiolitis obliterans

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

Fake cigarettes remain big challenge in PH market

Nov 30, 2015 - 11:44 AM

‘Nearly one in every 5 cigarettes consumed in the Philippines originated through illicit channels in 2014 ’ says Oxford Economics

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

NO SCARY CIGARETTE PACKS YET. A Filipino vendor sells cigarettes in a street in Manila, Philippines, on 31 May 2011. File photo by Francis R. Malasig

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

PERSECUTION. Rohingyas persecuted in Myanmar have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety. File photo by EPA

#PugadBaboy: Yosi punchline 3

Aug 12, 2015 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Yosi punchline 2

Aug 12, 2015 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Yosi

Aug 12, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Lucio Tan group spending P10B in 2015

Jun 23, 2015 - 6:23 PM

The conglomerate is optimistic despite cigarette beer units’ challenges

Kim Henares: 'Sin tax' cuts cigarette smoking in PH

Jun 15, 2015 - 8:47 PM

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

New bill will challenge tobacco control efforts in Indonesia

Jun 03, 2015 - 12:43 PM

In the new tobacco bill public health protection is the 5th objective after increasing tobacco production and state revenues

TOBACCO CONTROL? An Indonesian junior high school student smoking a cigarette after class in Bogor, Indonesia. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

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

A WIN FOR SIN TAX. Michael Bloomberg gives the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control to DOF Undersecretary Jeremias Paul Jr and DOH Assistant Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial. Photo from Ulysses Dorotheo/SEATCA

The unbearable lightness of vaping

Mar 17, 2015 - 1:45 PM

What s in your e cigarette?

Parañaque now a 'strictly' non-smoking city

Dec 10, 2014 - 3:35 PM

We need to show how serious we are by putting our feet firmly down the necks of all violators says Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez