The Philippines has been widely heralded recently because of its efforts to reform tobacco taxes, in part to protect the public from the threats of tobacco-attributable diseases – a major health challenge. The Philippines is a party to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), a global health treaty addressing the epidemic, now ratified by 180 countries. Under the treaty, the government is obligated to implement comprehensive tobacco control laws, including helping smallholder tobacco farmers to find alternative livelihoods. The Philippines has existing tobacco control legislation (RA 9211) that addresses many of the key tobacco control provisions. With little or no evidence, the tobacco industry and its allies continue to promote a narrative that tobacco control destroys tobacco farmers’ livelihoods. This research examines empirically the actual quality of these livelihoods.
Based on a survey of 421 smallholder tobacco farmers across the main tobacco growing regions, this report provides direct evidence countering tobacco industry claims that tobacco farming is a prosperous economic livelihood for most farmers.
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