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  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020
  • Countries asked to look at innovative products to stop smoking epidemic

  • Two public health experts believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authorization of marketing of IQOS as a modified risk tobacco product should encourage other countries such as the Philippines to take a second look at innovative products as effective means to stop the smoking epidemic.

    Prof. Tom Glynn [...] said heat-not-burn tobacco products (HTPs) such as IQOS, electronic cigarettes and other less harmful products provide smokers with better alternatives to cigarettes, as studies show that smoking results in 100,000 deaths in the Philippines each year.

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020
  • Senator supports advocacy for smoke-free PH

  • Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the government to heighten its campaign on the adverse effects of continued use of cigarette and tobacco products to discourage young Filipinos from taking up smoking habits and also the reduce risk of COVID-19 infection. In a webinar with student leaders, the Senate committee on basic education, arts and culture head emphasized that there are three important steps for a smoke-free Philippines: fight the heavy lobby from the tobacco industry, transition tobacco farmers to planting sustainable high-quality crops, and dissuade the youth from smoking.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2020
  • DOF Mulls Ban on Online Sale of Cigarettes, Alcohol

  • In another step to tighten the regulation of sin products, the Department of Finance (DOF) may ban the online sale of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. In a text message to reporters, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the DOF may ban the sale of cigarettes and alcohol in online spaces where it is hard to ensure that they are not being sold to minors. “We will move to ban online sales of cigarettes and liquor,” Dominguez said. The proposal comes at a time when more Filipinos are using online transactions to buy products, especially with community quarantines in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020
  • NCUP calls for science-based view on nicotine

  • The consumer group Nicotine Consumers Union of the Philippines (NCUP) urged the public to take an objective look at the merits of nicotine amidst the spread and popularity of opposing opinions.

    “People should stop demonizing nicotine and instead look at it through objective, science-informed eyes. It is not the nicotine that causes serious harms, but the tar and poisonous gases produced by combustible cigarettes,” Antonio Israel, president of the NCUP said.



  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
  • Dominguez: Liquor, cigarette restrictions to stay as health top priority amid pandemic

  • The government will keep the restrictions on liquor sale as well as withdrawals of cigarettes from factories for the rest of the extended lockdown period, as keeping Filipinos away from these “sin” products would not only keep them healthy but also protect them from getting inflicted with COVID-19, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said Monday.

    As such, the liquor ban imposed by the national and local governments will stay in areas under enhanced community quarantine, while domestic cigarette production will remain on halt, save for a few lines churning out for exports.


  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • Where there is smoke

  • In the Philippines, the medical community struggles with the lack of ENDS/ENNDS product regulation. “Juuls are only the tip of the iceberg. Due to poor regulation, nearly anyone has access to these vapes,” asserts Loyola Schools Office of Health Services (LSHS) Director Henrietta dela Cruz, MD, MPH, FPCCP. In line with dela Cruz’ concerns on the regulation of ENDS/ENNDS products, the national Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted to the poor regulation of the industry throughout the country. [...]