HealthJustice Philippines, a think tank and advocacy group with legal expertise in tobacco control and health promotion, congratulated Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, a known tobacco control advocate, for receiving one of World Health Organization’s (WHO) World No Tobacco Day 2017 awards.
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HealthJustice Philippines, a think tank and advocacy group with legal expertise in tobacco control and health promotion, praised the Davao City Vices Regulation Unit (VRU) for its strict enforcement of the city’s smoking ban.
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.
During the hearing on Senate Bill 378 on the institutionalization of health promotion chaired by Senator Risa Hontiveros last February 15, public health institutions, groups and think tanks backed the creation of an independent health promotion body focusing on the preventive aspect of health care.
Groups are opposing House Bill No. 4144, which aims to amend Republic Act No. 10351 or the Sin Tax Reform Law by introducing a two-tier tobacco tax system to replace the unitary one.
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.
Sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously thought, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, citing reports from several countries.