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CURB YOUTH’S SMOKING HABIT TO REDUCE RISK OF COVID-19 INFECTION – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian sees the need to heighten the campaign against the use of cigarette and tobacco products, especially among the youth, and lessen the risk of those vulnerable to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a scientific brief, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that available evidence suggests an association between smoking and increased severity […]

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MMDA SUPPORTS DOH CALL TO QUIT SMOKING – LIM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has expressed its support to the appeal of the Department of Health (DOH) to smokers to quit as they are more vulnerable to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Last month, Dr. Beverly Ho, special assistant to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, reiterated in its Beat COVID-19 virtual press conference […]

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TOBACCO TAX HIKE TO PLUG FUNDING GAP FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAM – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara said government will be in a better position to fill the massive funding gap for the universal health care (UHC) program with the passage of the tobacco excise tax hike bill. “With the approval by both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the bill seeking higher tobacco excise taxes, we […]

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MMDA TO INSPECT SCHOOLS FOR CIGARETTE, TOBACCO PRODUCTS – LIM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be checking if cigarettes and other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, are being sold or promotes within the 100 meters of public and private schools. Smokers will also receive verbal warnings if they were found to be smoking within 100 meters from schools, the MMDA added.  The initiative, which […]

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11 SENATORS SIGN TOBACCO TAX HIKE COMMITTEE REPORT – ANGARA

A total of 11 senators have signed a committee report proposing an increase in excise taxes on tobacco products in a bid to reduce smoking among Filipinos and to generate additional funding for the government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program. The proposal was contained in Committee Report No. 714 prepared by the Senate committee on […]

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TOBACCO TAX HIKE BILL TO PASS BEFORE 17TH CONGRESS ADJOURNS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian has renewed his call for the immediate passage of a bill that would increase the tobacco excise tax to ₱70, in a bid to not only curb tobacco consumption among Filipinos but also raise funds for the government’s universal health care program. Gatchalian expressed optimism that Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2177 will […]

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TOBACCO TAX HIKE BILL TO PASS BEFORE 17TH CONGRESS ADJOURNS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian has renewed his call for the immediate passage of a bill that would increase the tobacco excise tax to ₱70, in a bid to not only curb tobacco consumption among Filipinos but also raise funds for the government’s universal health care program. Gatchalian expressed optimism that Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2177 will […]

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PASS BILL INCREASING TAX ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for the passage of a bill seeking to increase excise taxes on tobacco products within the remaining nine session days of the current 17th Congress. In a press conference, Gatchalian said the “best opportunity” to pass the proposed tobacco tax increase is during the last session days before the 17th […]

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REQUIRE PLAIN PACKAGING FOR CIGARETTES SOLD IN PH – PIMENTEL

In order to increase the effectiveness of health warnings, Senator Koko Pimentel III has filed a measure requiring plain packaging for all tobacco products being sold in the country. In filing Senate Bill No. 2191, Pimentel said studies conducted in countries where plain packaging laws have been enacted and implemented showed that more smokers have […]

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INCREASE TOBACCO TAX TO CURB SMOKING, FUND GOV’T HEALTH PROGRAMS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing to increase the tobacco tax to P70 per pack in a bid to curb cigarette consumption among Filipinos and raise funds for government Universal Health Care (UHC) programs. In filing Senate Bill No. 2177 to amend the Tax Code and further hike the tobacco excise tax, Gatchalian expressed alarm that […]