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Minimum cigarette price proposal, a deceptive ploy to prevent further excise tax increase—Sin Tax Coalition

For Immediate Release – Sin Tax Coalition   Civil society groups warn the public about the clever but deceptive proposal of tobacco companies to have a Minimum Cigarette Price (MCP) whose benefits accrue solely to them. Instead of a minimum price, the civil society groups argue that increasing the tobacco tax rate is most effective […]

Good pay for better health care: Leyte shows it can be done

The provincial hospitals of Leyte before typhoon Yolanda struck the area in November 2013 had started drawing attention for their scheme to hike the pay of their physicians and staff despite the impediments. The pay of an obstetrician-gynecologist, for example, stood to rise for August 2013 by P166,000 at the lowest, or by more than […]

Marching to Big Tobacco’s tune?

Has the global tobacco advocacy been manipulated by Big Tobacco’s lobbying agenda? Where the tobacco lobby is concerned, it would be naive to think there’s smoke without fire. One of the dirtier secrets of the international tax world — and yes, the bar is quite high — is the role of tobacco companies in seeking […]

Complexities at the intersection of tobacco control and trade liberalisation: evidence from Southeast Asia

Abstract For more than two decades, public health scholars and proponents have demonstrated concern about the negative effects of trade liberalisation on tobacco control policies. However, there is little theoretically-guided, empirical research across time and space that evaluates this relationship. Accordingly, we use one major region that has experienced rapid and significant recent liberalisation, Southeast […]

Sin Tax Coalition lauds the government for addressing illicit cigarette trade [World No Tobacco Day]

On the occasion of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, the Sin Tax coalition lauds government for protecting the gains from Sin Tax reforms, including combating illicit tobacco trade. The coalition notes that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has taken concrete steps to contain illicit cigarette trade. Last year, BIR put Mighty Corporation’s factory […]