Based on The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation in the Philippines by Stella Luz A. Quimbo, Adele A. Casorla, Marina Miguel-Baquilod, Felipe M. Medalla, Xin Xu and Frank J. Chaloupka. 2012.
Reports & Studies
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease illustrates how raising tobacco excise taxes and prices is an effective tool to reduce tobacco use and prevalence and should be an important component of the overall tobacco control environment to reduce the smoking rate in the Philippines, one of the largest consumers of tobacco in the Western Pacific Region.
The 2009 Philippines Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), was a nationally representative household survey of all non-institutionalized men and women aged 15 years and older, designed to produce internationally comparable data on tobacco use and tobacco control measures using a standardized questionnaire, sample design, data collection, and management procedures.
Tobacco industry actions prevented the Philippines from fulfilling its FCTC obligations for strong tobacco control. Working with the Department of Health a group of advocates formed a committee to raise awareness of tobacco control and Article 5.3 including warning against the dangers of partnering with the tobacco industry, the need for strong tobacco control policies in government, and the need to promote integrity and transparency in light of tobacco industry influence.