Philippines has 16 million smokers. Can a ban help them quit?


Anti-tobacco advocates have for years pushed for a “tobacco endgame”, where young people will be banned from ever buying cigarettes in their lifetimes.

New Zealand got the ball rolling when it announced its intention to gradually raise the minimum smoking age, so that it would be illegal for anyone born after 2008 to buy cigarettes.

Singapore said New Zealand’s proposal was “attractive”, while Malaysia said it was mulling a plan to ban the sale of tobacco products to people born after 2005. In the final report of a three-part series, This Week in Asia takes a look at discussions on kicking the habit in Malaysia, India and the Philippines. Read part one here and part two here.

  • A bill to ban almost all public smoking indoors is currently before Congress in the Philippines, where 110,000 people die from smoking-related diseases each year
  • Advocates say education is as important as legislation, however – and emphasise the role that smokers’ communities can play in their rehabilitation

Read full article here.

Geela Garcia – This Week in Asia – 2022-03-27.

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