Regional Updates

Philippines: Senate ratifies new sin tax measure on e-cigarettes, liquor

18 December 2019 Katrina Domingo MANILA – (UPDATE) The Senate ratified on Wednesday a bill that will tax electronic cigarettes and impose higher duties on alcohol to raise P22.2 billion on its first year of implementation. The Senate passed the measure on its last session day in 2019, hours after a bicameral conference reconciled the two chambers’ …

Philippines: Senate ratifies new sin tax measure on e-cigarettes, liquor Read More »

There is no such thing as a less harmful e-cigarette, health experts say

24 November 2019 Gemma Holliani Cahya For the past few years, cigarette companies have introduced a new form of nicotine consumption that they say is less harmful, smoke free and will save millions of lives from smoking-related disease caused by conventional cigarettes. However, in a discussion on Friday held by the Public Health Scholars Association …

There is no such thing as a less harmful e-cigarette, health experts say Read More »

Philippines: DOH is ‘1000%’ in support of vaping ban

21 November 2019 Michelle Abad MANILA, Philippines – Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told Rappler on Thursday, November 21, that the department is “1000%” in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s vaping ban. This comes two days after the President made the verbal order in a press conference to ban the use and importation of …

Philippines: DOH is ‘1000%’ in support of vaping ban Read More »

Philippines: E-cigarette industry’s non-cooperation with gov’t led to total ban — Sen. Pia Cayetano

21 November 2019 Julia Mari Ornedo and Amita Legaspi Senator Pia Cayetano on Wednesday blamed the total ban on e-cigarettes on the refusal of key industry players to cooperate with the government’s previous efforts to enforce a regulation rather than a ban. In a statement, Cayetano noted that the Department of Health (DOH) attempted last …

Philippines: E-cigarette industry’s non-cooperation with gov’t led to total ban — Sen. Pia Cayetano Read More »

Philippines: First vaping-associated lung injury case reported in PH

15 November 2019 CNN Philippines Staff Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 15)— The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday confirmed the first case of electronic cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) in the country. The Health Department announced the case— recorded in Visayas— is a 16-year-old girl who had been using e-cigarettes for six months. Officials added the …

Philippines: First vaping-associated lung injury case reported in PH Read More »

Vietnam: MoH proposed cigarette tax hike, internet ads control, e-cigarette ban

15 November 2019 HÀ NỘI ­ – Plans have been proposed to increase tax on tobacco, ban electronic vapes and tighten online advertising of cigarettes. The Ministry of Health said it wants to prevent people, particularly youngsters from taking up the habit. The proposals were raised at a meeting to review the Law on Tobacco Harms …

Vietnam: MoH proposed cigarette tax hike, internet ads control, e-cigarette ban Read More »

Philippines: Duterte certifies alcohol, e-cigarette excise tax hike bill urgent

12 November 2019  Christia Marie Ramos MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a proposed law that will increase excise tax on liquor, e-cigarettes, and vapor products. In a November 12-letter to Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Duterte underscored the “necessity of the immediate enactment” of Senate Bill No. 1074, which, he …

Philippines: Duterte certifies alcohol, e-cigarette excise tax hike bill urgent Read More »

Philippines: Baguio to tourists: City is smoke-free zone

31 October 2019 Liza Agoot BAGUIO CITY – The city government is again reminding the public, including the tourists, that this city strictly implements the anti-smoking ordinance, an official said on Thursday. Councilor Joel Alangsab, chairman of the city council committee on health, sanitation, ecology and environment protection and a member of the city’s Anti-Smoking Task …

Philippines: Baguio to tourists: City is smoke-free zone Read More »