|The speakers: Kaloi Garcia, Jo-Ann Latuja Diosana, Yasmin Mapua-Tang and Antonio Dans|
To encourage more tobacco users to quit the government should implement high tobacco taxes. Same thing with the Smoke-Free Philippines coalition groups aim is to raise awareness about the tobacco tax and to increase cigarette taxes.
I just read last year that, according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey, the Philippines (GATS), more than 17 million adult Filipinos smoke cigarettes. Almost half of adult males and 9 percent (2.8 million) of adult females are current smokers. Moreover, 23 percent of Filipino adults - 38 percent of men and 7 percent of women - are daily tobacco smokers. The Tobacco Atlas notes that tobacco causes 19.6 percent of adult male deaths and 9.4 percent of adult female deaths – higher than the average in other middle-income countries. It is estimated that more than 71,850 Filipinos - eight people every hour - are killed by tobacco-related diseases every year. The Philippine Cancer Society estimates that around 3,000 non-smoking adult Filipinos die every year of lung cancer as a result of inhaling second-hand smoke.
When cigarettes are taxed at different rates based upon the size of the stick, the formulation of the product, or whether the producer is local or multinational, the tobacco industry can employ tactics to promote the continued use of existing products or to encourage people to switch to lower taxed products. The industry’s only goal is to sustain tobacco consumption and protect its profits, in opposition to governmental goals of reducing smoking prevalence and improving health.
If you want to protect your family, you should stop smoking. To know more about Smoke-Free Philippines follow their link to website: http://smokefree.ph/ and facebook: SmokeFreePh