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Philippine sin tax experience offers lessons for East Asia region — Int’l panel

MANILA, March 8, 2013 – The “seven wins” of the Philippines’ sin tax law for the youth, the poor, health, economy, farmers, governance, and future are now raising the  interest of international organizations and other governments in the Asia-Pacific Region. This was a central theme that emerged in a recently-concluded East Asia and Pacific Regional […]

BOC shutdown of Mighty Tobacco warehouse hailed by health advocates

Action for Economic Reforms (AER) FCTC Alliance of the Philippines (FCAP) Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) WomanHealth Philippines We, members of the civil society coalition that supported the passage of the Sin Tax Reform Law (R.A. 10351), laud the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Commissioner John Philip Sevilla for suspending the license of Mighty Corporation […]

DOH budget increase for 2014 ‘biggest ever’ due to sin tax law

Press Release— Action for Economic Reforms— 15 January 2014 With record excise tax collections sparked by the passage of the Sin Tax Law, universal healthcare is now within reach for all Filipinos. As the second year of implementation of the Sin Tax Law comes into effect, civil society advocates are expecting even greater health dividends […]

Cotabato Smokers Puffing Less due to Sin Taxes—DOH, AER

Press Release—Action for Economic Reforms— 18 December 2013  24 STICKS: according to a tobacco quick survey by the Department of Health – National Epidemiology Center (DOH-NEC), in partnership with Action for Economic Reforms (AER), this is the average number of cigarettes foregone by smokers in Cotabato City per week after the implementation of the Sin […]

Sin taxes hailed by int’l commission as “most important” tool for stemming global NCD epidemic

Press Release— Action for Economic Reforms— 9 December 2013 An international group of economists and public health experts commissioned by the Lancet— the world’s leading general medical journal— have released a new research report that proposes a comprehensive, pro-poor investment plan for attaining dramatic global health gains by 2035. Titled Global Health 2035: A World […]

PUBLIC HEALTH OVER TOBACCO INTERESTS: A Challenge to the National Tobacco Administration’s Discriminatory Memorandum on Tobacco Products

Public health advocates have been deeply distressed by their discovery of a draft memorandum of the NTA amending regulations on the sale and distribution of imported tobacco products. Though justified as means to prevent illicit cigarette trade, careful scrutiny of the document reveals that its real intention is to insulate the domestic cigarette industry from […]