AER has pressed for sin tax reforms to prevent tobacco from ravaging the health and life-chances of poor Filipinos. Poor families afflicted by smoking-related diseases are already in the midst of a health crisis. This crisis will worsen if our tax system for tobacco is not reformed within 2012.

The devastation dealt by tobacco among the poor works in the same manner as a time bomb. The danger exists without those affected knowing it, and it may take years before the destructive force of smoking is finally revealed. But the explosion almost takes away everything from the victims— their meagre incomes, and almost always their lives.

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