Sin Tax Law Reduced Smoking Consumption in 2013— Health, Medical Coalition

A Joint Press Statement
by 24 Health, Medical and Youth Organizations
March 17, 2014

We, the civil society coalition that supported the passage of the Sin Tax Law (R.A. 10351), wish to supplement and reinforce the statement of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona regarding the law’s health impact. In a Congressional Oversight Committee hearing, Sec. Ona stated that it is still “too early to determine the public health impact of R.A. 10351”, as the periodical Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) is scheduled to be conducted this year.

On PTI’s letter to LGUs requesting for participation in public hearings on proposed ordinances and pushing for a model ordinance

The Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control, Philippines (“FCAP”) issues this Position Statement in light of the misleading and deceiving action taken by the Philippine Tobacco Institute, Inc. (PTI) in sending letters to the heads of various local government units apprising them of various memoranda issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (“DILG”) enjoining LGUs to be strictly compliant with the provisions of the Tobacco Regulation Act (RA 9211) when enacting their ordinances.

Western Visayas Regional Tobacco Control Network defines its Vision, Mission and Objectives to further tobacco control advocacy in the region

Headed by the Department of Health Regional Office, the Regional Tobacco Control Network-Western Visayas defined its vision, mission and objectives in their recently concluded strategic planning workshop held in Guimbal, Iloilo.