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Medical Experts: Smoking Effects Even More Deadly, Sin Taxes Even More Necessary

Press Release— Action for Economic Reforms— April 23, 2012   THE PUFF that kills not only imperils a new generation of smokers. According to health specialists, recent medical studies have confirmed that the hazards of environmental tobacco smoke may even be more lethal and far-reaching than has normally been recognized. “In just the last few […]

Protect the Filipino youth from the perilous rise in smoking, youth groups urge lawmakers

Press Release— Action for Economic Reforms— March 19, 2012   THE NEWS that two out of five young Filipinos may have been regular smokers in 2011 has gotten youth groups up in arms against the country’s current tobacco tax regime. Distressed by smoking trends exposed by the National Youth Commission in a recent press conference, […]

Former Health, Finance secretaries join forces for excise tax reform

Quezon City – STANDING SIDE BY SIDE, former health and finance officials, Alberto Romualdez, Esperanza Cabral, Margarito Teves, Ernest Leung and Milwida Guevara presented their manifesto of support and called on Congress for the immediate passage of House Bill 5727 to protect health, save lives and raise much needed revenue for tobacco farmers and health […]

Optimistic, but Guarded on FOI

On March 12, as the House of Representative’s Committee on Public Information resumes hearings on the Freedom of Information bill, the Action for Economic Reforms joined our colleagues in the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition in expressing optimism for a significant advance of the FOI bill in Congress. Still, we also called for vigilance against any […]

Tobacco Victims to Congressmen: Save lives, Pass the Sin Tax Bill

Survivors of debilitating tobacco-induced diseases locked arms in Congress today. Their agenda—urge legislators to support the prompt passage of the Aquino administration’s sin tax reform bill. As the clock fast winds down to voting in the House Ways and Means Committee, these cancer survivors say they have taken up the fight for all Filipinos now […]

Filipinas and families endangered by smoking epidemic, warn women’s advocates

AS PURPLE streamers fluttered about the metro for international women’s day last week, gender groups alerted the public to the single most pernicious health trend afflicting Filipino women today— the past years’ forbidding rise in female cigarette smoking in the Philippines. “Filipinas were already the 16th heaviest women smokers in the world in 2009,” said […]