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Hike tobacco excise tax – WHO

 The government should consider increasing excise taxes on tobacco products to at least 75 percent of the average retail price to generate additional revenue for COVID-19 measures. Jeremias Paul Jr., a former undersecretary at the Department of Finance who now leads the World Health Organization (WHO)’s fiscal policy unit, said raising tobacco taxes would also...

Philippines: Ban foreign lobby groups, govt urged

CONSUMER groups promoting e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction asked the government to ban foreign groups that provide grants to influence local policies. Nicotine Consumers Union of the Philippines Inc. (NCUP) and advocacy groups like the Philippine E-Cigarette Industry Association (PECIA) and Vaper AKO said the country should follow India’s lead in banning non-government organizations involved...