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Higher tobacco taxes can compensate losses from mine closures — health group

Following the disclosure by a “certain government official” that the losses incurred as a result of the issuance several mine closure and suspension orders could amount up to P77 billion, HealthJustice Philippines, a public health think tank and advocacy group, pointed out that such losses can be compensated by revenues from the tobacco tax.

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Higher tobacco taxes can compensate losses from mine closures — health group

Following the disclosure by a “certain government official” that the losses incurred as a result of the issuance several mine closure and suspension orders could amount up to P77 billion, HealthJustice Philippines, a public health think tank and advocacy group, pointed out that such losses can be compensated by revenues from the tobacco tax.

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Significant tobacco tax increase and Duterte’s Tobacco Free Promise

HB 4144 was approved without amendment during the second reading on December 5. It sought a P7 increase of excise taxes to P32 and P36 from the current P25 & P29 with marginal increases of 5% per year instead of marginal increases of 4% per year based on RA 10351,the current Sin Tax Law which is scheduled to bring taxes to a single rate of P30 in 2017. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Eugene de Vera of ABS Partylist and supported by all those in the super majority.

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COP 7 delegates call for strengthening safeguards against tactics of tobacco industry

The country’s delegates to the seventh session of Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control pushed for stronger implementation of Article 5.3 of the agreement, which refers to protecting public health and tobacco control laws and policies against the commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry. The COP took place in New Delhi, India from November 7 to 12, 2016.

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HealthJustice and Kuya Kim: ‘Make prevention of illness a priority!’

HealthJustice Philippines, a public health policy think tank and advocacy group aiming to “bridge the gap between health and law”, launched a video today calling for a change in the way Filipinos think about health care. Popular news and entertainment television host Kim “Kuya Kim” Atienza, who appears in the video, reminds the public: “Hindi kailangang magkasakit muna, makitang nanghihina ang mahal sa buhay o mabutas ang bulsa bago aksyunan ang kalusugan. It’s time to change the way we think about health care.”

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‘Health group welcomes World Bank’s positive appraisal of PH tobacco tax, emphasized need for higher rates’

HealthJustice Philippines, a public health policy think tank and advocacy group aiming to “bridge the gap between health and law”, pushed for further increases in tobacco tax following the release of the 2016 World Bank report recognizing the positive impact of the Sin Tax Reform Law passed in 2012.

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Groups await executive action on Duterte’s promised nationwide smoking ban

Various civil society and non-government groups representing health professionals and workers, environment and clean air advocates, tobacco victims, lawyers, youth, and women eagerly anticipate President Rodrigo Duterte’s next step following his assurance last Monday that he would fulfill his promise to implement a nationwide smoking ban.

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