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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 […]

Former Health Chief Ona as a Resource Person: FINANCE MINISTERS TO LEARN FROM PHILIPPINES’ SIN TAX REFORM

Former Health Chief Ona as a Resource Person: FINANCE MINISTERS TO LEARN FROM PHILIPPINES’ SIN TAX REFORM Press Release—Action for Economic Reforms—21 April 2015   [Boston, USA]—Former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona speaks today at the 2015 Finance Ministerial Leadership Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, to relay to other countries the […]

Philippines Bags 3 International Awards for Tobacco Control

Philippines Bags 3 International Awards for Tobacco Control Press release—Action for Economic Reforms—21 March 2015     The Philippines gets three (3) prestigious awards in the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) held last March 17 to 21, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The national government, a local government unit (LGU), and a […]

Public Expenditure Tracking Survey: A Study of the Sponsored Program of the National Health Insurance Program

A study that utilized health facility and beneficiary questionnaires to track funds generated from excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol products that were earmarked for PhilHealth’s Sponsored Program (SP), providing free health care to the poorest 20 percent of the Filipino population. The study sought to identify problems and bottlenecks in the funding flow from […]