Philippines

Philippines - country profile

Cigarettes in Philippines

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in the Philippines. Smoking prevalence was 34% overall in 2000 and declined to 24.5% in 2015, with a further drop to 20% projected by 2025. For men, the prevalence decreased from 57% in 2000 to 42% in 2015, with a further decrease to 34% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 10% in 2000; this decreased to around 7% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 6% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

Tobacco smoking prevalence

Number of current smokers:
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence:
24.3%
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Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence (female):
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence (male):
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(1) WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025, third edition. (2019). World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/who-global-report-on-trends-in-prevalence-of-tobacco-use-2000-2025-third-edition. (2) Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Ed.). (2019). World Population Prospects 2019 (Online Edition Rev. 1.; Population Division). United Nations. https://population.un.org/wpp/Download/Standard/Population/

Smoking-related mortality

Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking:
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (female):
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (male):
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking:
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (female):
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (male):
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The Tobacco Atlas. Available at: https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/deaths/ Data source: GBD 2016 Risk Factors Collaborators.

Nicotine Vaping Devices (E-cigarettes) in Philippines

In the Philippines, an administrative order made by the Department of Health in 2014 (No.0008) addresses the regulation of e-cigarettes. The order states that e-cigarettes are a combination of drugs and medical devices, and not tobacco or consumer products – therefore they come under the remit of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The sale and use of e-cigarettes are legal. New regulations in force from July 2019 state that vaping is banned in public places. The Ministry of Health in the Philippines issued an Administrative Order (AO) regarding e-cigarettes on July 10th 2019 which became effective 15 days later. The AO only covers e-cigarettes and does not apply to Heated Tobacco Products. The AO requires companies engaged in the manufacture, import, and retail of e-cigarettes in the Philippines to obtain a license to operate, and to obtain a certificate of product registration, within three months. It also provides for a ban on any form of advertising, promotion or sponsorship (more stringent rules than for cigarettes), and a ban on flavors and additives that are proven or suspected to be appealing to youth.

Prevalence

Adult current e-cigarette vaping prevalence:
0.8%
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Ever tried e-cigarette vaping:
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Global Adult Tobacco Survey, 2015. Available at:https://nccd.cdc.gov/GTSSDataSurveyResources/Ancillary/DataReports.aspx?CAID=1
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In Philippines, GATS was conducted in 2015 as a household survey of persons 15 years of age and older. A multi-stage, geographically clustered sample design was used to produce nationally representative data. There were a total of 11,644 completed individual interviews.

Product promotion

Health claims allowed:
No
Advertising is regulated:
Yes
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Allowed or banned at place of sale or allowed or banned in all media.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
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Regulated as medicinal product:
Yes
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Data cross-referenced where possible using the following sources :1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/ ; 2. Global tobacco control website. Available at:https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052 ; 3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Availability

Legal to sell device:
Yes
Legal to sell nicotine:
Yes
Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes
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Regulations and restrictions

Notifications of new products required:
Yes
Minimum age restrictions on sales:
Restrictions on flavour range:
Yes
Legal restrictions on use in public places:
Yes

Snus in Philippines

There are no comments specific to snus in Philippines in the database.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
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Information obtained from industry source (2014 data)

Availability

Legal to use product:
Yes

Heated Tobacco Products in Philippines

Heated tobacco products are not regulated.

Availability

Products are marketed:
No
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Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system

Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Philippines

There are no comments specific to nicotine replacement therapy in Philippines in the database.

Product promotion

Market size:
0.10 million €
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Market size per smoker:
A
Consumer Health: Euromonitor from trade sources/national statistics. Date Exported: 8/9/2019. (c) Euromonitor International 2019

Availability

Legal to purchase without prescription:
No
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Products are marketed:
Yes
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Place available:
Pharmacy
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WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019. https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/ (2019).