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What case to file vs arrested vape users? ‘Wala,’ admits PNP

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Asked why cops should arrest vape users if they will not file a case, police OIC Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says, ‘Just to implement the directive of the President’

VAPE BAN. The Philippine National Police admits that their arrests still have no law to use as basis to file complaints. AFP file photo

CA declares Bataan city's anti-smoking ordinance unconstitutional

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'The City Council of Balanga [has] overstepped Congress by passing an ordinance which imposes more prohibited acts than those specified under [RA 9211],' says the CA

Majority of Filipinos support stricter tobacco control laws – Pulse Asia

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Survey results show 9 out of 10 Filipinos support increasing the minimum age for the purchase of cigarettes from 18 to 25 and prohibiting smoking in public places

NO SMOKING. In this file photo, a Department of Health employee pastes an anti-smoking sticker on a public utility bus' windshield during the DOH's no smoking campaign on June 17, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

'Radical rethink' needed to tackle obesity, hunger, climate – report

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:57 PM

'Both undernutrition and obesity are expected to be made significantly worse by climate change,' says Boyd Swinburn. co-chair of The Lancet Commission on Obesity

Health advocates urge gov't to increase tobacco tax

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:19 PM

'If we do not implement [higher] tax at this time, by the time President Duterte steps down, we will actually have one million new smokers,' says Dr Ulysses Dorotheo of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance

TOBACCO CONTROL. Health advocates present ways government can continue to strengthen tobacco control in the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DOH: 'Barely any evidence' to prove e-cigarettes safe

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:46 PM

The DOH says that with 'the lack of conclusive data regarding the long-term effects of using e-cigarettes, its health risks cannot be ignored'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. The DOH says there is a lack of conclusive evidence to support the safety of e-cigarettes. Image from Shutterstock

Tobacco-producing LGUs in Ilocos Sur fail to implement smoking ban

May 10, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The DILG says Candon City and Santa Cruz town have 'full compliance' with the smoking ban executive order, but Rappler's visits to the two areas show otherwise

SIGN OF SMOKERS. The front lawn of the Candon City Hall is littered with cigarette butts. All photos by Mara Cepdea/Rappler

WHO lauds PH health chief for 'strong' tobacco control advocacy

May 30, 2017 - 5:27 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial is one of the 6 from the Western Pacific Region who received the 2017 World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award

UNITARY TAXATION. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial opposes House Bill 4144 which proposes a two-tier excise tax structure on cigarettes. Rappler screenshot

DOH targets release of smoking ban rules before SONA

May 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Local governments are encouraged to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

NO TO TOBACCO. Tobacco control advocates join the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

To shift or not: Ilocos Sur farmers urged to keep growing tobacco

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Candon City in Ilocos Sur goes against the Philippines local and international commitments to shift farmers away from tobacco to alternative crops and livelihood

Smoking ban EO 'positive step' to smoke-free PH – advocates

May 20, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Ulysses Dorotheo of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance notes however that Executive Order 26 is not as strong as the Davao ordinance

Fewer Filipino adult smokers in 2015 – survey

May 06, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Drastically raising the tobacco excise taxes proved to be the single most effective way of reducing tobacco use among smokers in the Philippines says the Philippines health department

House approves bill that removes uniform cigarette tax

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:04 PM

The House of Representatives passes the bill despite opposition from the Department of Finance

PASSED. The House of Representatives gives its nod to House Bill Number 4144 on December 13. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Will we see plain cigarette packs under a Duterte presidency?

May 31, 2016 - 10:50 PM

On May 31 World No Tobacco Day the WHO urges countries to remove logos colors brand images or promotional information on cigarette packs

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY. For 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to implement the plain packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging photo from WHO brochure

Marcos, Escudero, Honasan, 2 Senate bets 'anti-health'

May 05, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Health advocacy groups that lobbied for the passage of the sin tax law warn against top leaders who chose to favor the vested interests of a few over protecting public interest

AFTER SIN TAX LAW. Health advocacy groups call Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Ralph Recto, and Tito Sotto as 'anti-health' candidates

Ombudsman strictly implements smoking ban

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The Ombudsman will now police smokers in all its offices including those using e cigarettes

Health advocates to tobacco firms: We're watching you

Mar 03, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Tobacco control advocates remind manufacturers to start printing cigarette packs with graphic health warnings

GRAPHIC HEALTH WARNINGS. Rommel Arriola (L) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines, together with New Vois Association of the Philippines President Emer Rojas (C) and Ang Nars Representative Leah Paquiz (R) present scary cigarette packs from other countries. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

It's an order: No selling of cigarettes near Baguio schools

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:00 AM

The strict implementation of this law will prevent children from being exposed to cigarettes and its harmful effects says Mayor Mauricio Domogan

New bill will challenge tobacco control efforts in Indonesia

Jun 03, 2015 - 12:43 PM

In the new tobacco bill public health protection is the 5th objective after increasing tobacco production and state revenues

TOBACCO CONTROL? An Indonesian junior high school student smoking a cigarette after class in Bogor, Indonesia. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Reminder: There's a smoking ban in transport terminals

Mar 30, 2015 - 6:07 PM

As millions of Filipinos head to the provinces and churches during the Holy Week authorities are reminded to protect non smokers from second hand smoke

Bloomberg lauds PH for sin tax law

Mar 19, 2015 - 9:18 PM

The Department of Finance and Department of Health receive the 2015 Awards for Global Tobacco Control from Bloomberg Philanthropies

A WIN FOR SIN TAX. Michael Bloomberg gives the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control to DOF Undersecretary Jeremias Paul Jr and DOH Assistant Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial. Photo from Ulysses Dorotheo/SEATCA

Bloomberg, Gates launch anti-tobacco industry fund

Mar 19, 2015 - 2:36 PM

The Anti Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund aims to combat the tobacco industry s use of international trade agreements to threaten and prevent countries from passing strong tobacco control laws

An Indian man smokes a cigarette on 'World No Tobacco Day' in Bangalore, India on 31 May 2014. Jagadeesh NV/EPA

Second-hand smoke, and why stricter tobacco control matters

Feb 28, 2015 - 4:25 PM

YouTube star Jam Sebastian says his lung cancer is the effect of many things: stress unhealthy sleeping and eating habits and second hand smoke

Parañaque now a 'strictly' non-smoking city

Dec 10, 2014 - 3:35 PM

We need to show how serious we are by putting our feet firmly down the necks of all violators says Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez

Smokers' paradise Austria struggles to stub out habit

Sep 26, 2014 - 8:48 PM

Anti smoking advocates are set for a boost after the newly appointed health minister called for a total ban on smoking in public places within five years

CHEAP. Cigarettes are significantly cheaper in Austria than elsewhere in western Europe. Photo from EPA

INFOGRAPHIC: What a scary cigarette pack in PH will look like

Jul 22, 2014 - 5:09 PM

UPDATED Is the Philippines’ graphic health warning law anything close to guidelines set by the World Health Organization?

Congress ratifies graphic health warning bill

Jun 11, 2014 - 6:42 PM

The ratified bicam version entitled The Graphic Health Warning Law now awaits President Benigno Aquino III’s signature

EFFECTIVE. The image is a sample graphic warning used by the Australian government, and posted on the WHO website.

PH a step closer to graphic health warning on cigarettes

Jun 10, 2014 - 6:55 PM

The bicameral conference committee approves the bill that seeks to cover half of cigarette packs with images of the health risks caused by smoking

EFFECTIVE. The image is a sample graphic warning used by the Australian government, and posted on the WHO website.

Graphic health warning bill passes final reading in Congress

Jun 09, 2014 - 7:21 PM

UPDATED The bill is set to be deliberated on by a bicameral conference committee on Tuesday June 10

EFFECTIVE. The image is a sample graphic warning used by the Australian government, and posted on the WHO website.

Why PH wants an end to the 'Be Marlboro' campaign

Mar 13, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The latest advertisements of the Philip Morris product targets to get teenagers hooked on smoking to replace its old market a study says

BE MARLBORO. This is a picture of an outdoor billboard in Germamny. Photo from WhyQuit

Tobacco firms' influence over PH gov't among highest in SEA

Feb 03, 2014 - 6:16 PM

In most of the 7 countries surveyed governments receive contributions from the tobacco industry or endorse the firms CSR activities

A year of sin tax: More work ahead

Dec 21, 2013 - 10:41 PM

Even with an increase in excise taxes since the sin tax law was enacted the country s cigarette and tobacco prices are still among the lowest in the world

Why Albay seeks Guinness for human no-smoking logo

Jun 29, 2013 - 8:52 AM

Albay stands proud as one of the few localities that have strict and comprehensive anti smoking ordinances

SMOKE-FREE PROVINCE. Albay is one of the few localities in the Philippines which have ordinances that completely ban smoking. Photo by Arcel Cometa/

Tobacco CSR thwarts ad ban, no-smoking laws

May 31, 2013 - 3:42 PM

The CSR budget of Philip Morris in the Philippines has not gone below US 1 million a year since 2008

Gov't should not deal with tobacco firms – CSC

May 30, 2013 - 7:36 PM

The only transactions allowed are those that entail regulating and supervising tobacco industry operations

‘PH lags behind in health promotion’

May 04, 2013 - 11:15 PM

The good time for the Philippines to set up a mechanism is now

Smoking kills? Not in graphics

Feb 19, 2013 - 7:31 AM

In the Philippines the march towards implementing more effective picture warnings on cigarette packs has ground to a halt

Why sin tax bill matters in meeting dev't goals

Oct 14, 2012 - 9:03 AM

Tobacco use endangers the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

'Gobsmacked' Miriam rejects Recto tax bill

Oct 11, 2012 - 3:16 PM

Sen Santiago says the sin tax committee report surrenders to the tobacco and alcohol lobby

Norway says no to Philip Morris displays, yes to health

Sep 15, 2012 - 12:17 PM

A Norwegian court ruled against Philip Morris and in favor of a public health measure to only display cigarettes in closed cases

Why Mike Bloomberg loves this Pinoy group

Mar 23, 2012 - 6:24 PM

HealthJustice gets a grant from Mike Bloomberg to implement its tobacco control plans

No room for tobacco in free trade agreement

Feb 23, 2012 - 12:54 PM

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance wants American President Barrack Obama to keep tobacco out of a developing free trade agreement