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Philippines: Baguio’s anti-smoking drive lauded

1 November 2022 By Gaby B. Keith, The Manila Times BAGUIO CITY: Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. praised the Summer Capital’s comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance and urged other local government units to adopt the same effective measure during the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (Seatca) 8th Asia Pacific Smoke-Free […]

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Philippines: When public interest takes a backseat

8 August 2022 By Tita C. Valderama, The Manila Times ILOCANOS are stereotyped as being kuripot (stingy with money). President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., an Ilocano, showed this side of him when he vetoed four bills approved by the previous Congress. He returned the bills to the legislature with his veto messages, noting that the measures would either reduce

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[OPINION] Filipinos’ health in jeopardy as Vape Bill lapses into law

2 August 2022 By Dr Ulysses Dorotheo, Rappler ‘This new law is even more backward’   On July 26, Senate Bill No. 2239 and House Bill No. 9006, popularly known as the “Vape Bill,” lapsed into law. This bill had been repeatedly criticized by leading professional medical societies, former Secretaries of Health, national government agencies, and civil society organizations, which called

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Public health in the Philippines in jeopardy as Vape Bill lapses into law

27 July 2022 On July 26, the Philippine News Agency reported that the reconciled Senate Bill No. 2239 and House Bill 9006, popularly known as the “Vape Bill,” had lapsed into legislation. This bill had been repeatedly criticized by leading professional medical societies, former Secretaries of Health, national government agencies, and civil society organizations, which

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Philippines: Group blasts doctors favoring vape measure

23 July 2022 By Red Mendoza, The Manila Times A GROUP that opposes the passage of the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Bill or the Vape Bill has slammed doctors who are said to support the measure, calling them as false. In recent media releases, some doctors have urged President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to sign the bill,

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Philippines: Will Marcos Jr. choose public health over tobacco industry interests?

11 July 2022 By Tita C. Valderama, Source The Manila Times THE Supreme Court recently reversed a regional trial court decision to uphold the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate cigarettes and tobacco products. The ruling came 13 years after a petition was filed for the court’s intervention in the legal battle between

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Philippines: Vape bill version 2022: Congress ‘hijacks’ stringent regulations

5 April 2022 By: Booma Cruz Source: VERA Files In an apparent rush to pass the vaping bill, the 18th Congress reversed itself without regard for legislative tradition or courtesy to a lone consistently dissenting colleague. “Traditionally, we are allowed to ask the sponsor questions during the report on the bicam… The bicameral report was

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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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Philippines: COVID-19 donations of tobacco firms ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ – law group

17 May 2021 Ralf Rivas, Source: Rappler ‘The tobacco industry has a long history of using so-called corporate social responsibility or CSR to interfere with policymaking,’ says ImagineLaw executive director Sophia Monica San Luis A law group described COVID-19 donations of tobacco companies as “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” warning that the firms are using these

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