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Cigarette packs in Cambodia to have new pictorial warnings from 1st Aug 2021

Press Release: CAMBODIA MOVEMENT FOR HEALTH Phnom Penh, 20 July 2012: Starting 1st Aug 2021 onwards, all cigarette packs sold in Cambodia shall have new pictorial health warnings as determined by the Ministry of Health (MoH). According to the Prakas of the MoH, pictorial health warning (PHW) on cigarette packs must be changed every two …

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[OPINION] Tobacco, vape groups are bullying public health advocates in a pandemic

15 July 2021 Anna Bueno. Source: Rappler ‘For decades, it is the [tobacco] industry and its front groups that have lied, deceived, and manipulated the public and policymakers in order to advance their own commercial interests, instead of saving lives’ Weeks before the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), front groups for the tobacco …

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Philippines: Singson’s tobacco tax remarks blasted by think tank

8 July 2021 Source: BusinessMirror Economic think tank Action for Economic Reforms (AER) slammed Ilocos Sur Mayor Chavit Singson for criticizing the recent tobacco-tax increases. In a radio interview, Singson claimed that Senator Manny Pacquiao should not have pushed for higher tobacco taxes, as high tax rates would “kill the tobacco industry.” “Anything na sobra, …

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Philippines: Former health chiefs, medical sector groups denounce tobacco industry’s ‘tactics’ to ease government control

30 May 2021 Source: Business world FORMER health secretaries, medical sector groups and health advocates have slammed the tobacco industry for strategies that allegedly aim to ease tobacco control policies in the country. In a statement on Sunday, they affirmed their support to Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 2010-01 signed by the Department of Health and …

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Commentary: How the tobacco industry wrote the ‘fake news’ playbook

30 May 2021 Anna Bueno. Source: Philstar In case you didn’t know, there’s a website dedicated to 14 million documents that expose the tobacco industry’s history of lying, manipulation and propaganda. The Truth Tobacco Industry Documents , formerly known as the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (housed under the University of California, San Francisco) contain internal corporate documents …

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Tobacco use in PH: Health, income going up in smoke

2 June 2021 Cristina Eloisa Baclig. Source: Inquirer MANILA, Philippines—Every June, the Philippines celebrates No Smoking Month, during which Filipinos are being encouraged to stop smoking or consuming tobacco products. Worldwide, the movement to stop smoking has gained momentum but it would be interesting to know how the now much-derided cigarette came to being. In …

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Is the Philippines’ CSR Bill a Trojan Horse for corporate interests?

31 May 2021 Kristine Fonacier, Source: Eco-Business Without the proper safeguards in place, a bill that incentivises CSR programs might instead open the door to highly regulated tobacco and allow corporations to whitewash their activities and exert political influence. Image: Eco-Business A bill that financially incentivises businesses to make positive social change is close to …

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Philippines: Opposition to lowering the age of access to e-cigs snowballs

22 May 2021 Source: Opinyon News Team As the House of Representatives pass on second reading a bill regulating e-cigarettes, two former health secretaries have expressed fears that a loophole in the bill might cause even more addiction among the Filipino youth. LOWERING the age of access to vape products and e-cigarettes does not make …

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