Global Epidemic



  • In the Philippines, 28 percent of the adult population (age 15+) smoke tobacco.
  • Almost half of men (48 percent) and 9 percent of women smoke.
  • Among youth (age 13-15) 17.5 percent smoke cigarettes (boys 23 percent; girls 12 percent) and 8 percent currently use tobacco products other than cigarettes (boys 8 percent; girls 7 percent).

Health Consequences

  • Smoking is conservatively estimated to kill over 73,000 Filipinos each year.
  • Among youth (age 13-15), 55 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke at home and 65 percent exposed to secondhand smoke in public places.
  • Almost 40 percent of adults are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes and 37 percent of workers are exposed to secondhand smoke at the workplace.

Tobacco Industry

In 2010, Philip Morris International and Fortune Tobacco Corp formed a joint venture that holds over 80 percent of the cigarette market share. It is followed by Japan Tobacco with a share of 6.1 percent and Mighty Corp. with 4.9 percent. In the Philippines, more than 80 billion cigarettes were sold in 2010.

FCTC Status

The Philippines ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on June 6, 2005.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

For the latest data regarding smoke-free places, advertising and promotion, packaging and labeling, and taxation and price, download the Philippines Tobacco Control Policy Status fact sheet.

Updated: March 2017