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The Philippines’ customs department destroyed smuggled cigarette manufacturing machines on November 18 to send a message to smugglers to stop their illegal business practices, shortchanging the government of the rightful revenues. Read more

Manufacturing

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. president Denis Gorkun announces the Philippine launch of the company’s smoke-free product, IQOS, in the first half of 2020. Read more

Products

President Rodrigo Duterte says the use and importation of e-cigarettes will soon be outlawed in the Philippines, and ordered authorities to arrest people caught using them. Read more

Products

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam says the dispute involving Philip Morris International (PMI) is “not over yet.” Read more

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The National Tobacco Administration in the Philippines recently appealed to all tobacco growers in the region to sell their products only to licensed traders to ensure fair market price. Read more

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Philippines’ Senate has approved a bill raising the excise taxes on tobacco products and imposing duties on vape products. Read more

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The National Tobacco Administration appealed to all tobacco growers to sell their products only to licensed traders to ensure fair market price. Read more

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A doctor specializing in lung concerns is saying a Senate bill seeking to double excise taxes on tobacco products will help halt the growing number of smokers in the country. Read more

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The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue started the year by destroying various illegally operated cigarette-making equipment and fake cigarettes in mid-January to show the government’s commitment to fight tobacco smuggling and counterfeiting. Read more

Manufacturing

Senators are considering a possible increase of excise taxes on tobacco products to fund the proposed universal health care program. Read more

News

Unregistered cigarette-making machinery in various locations was seized as part of a broader crackdown on tax evasion in the tobacco industry. Read more

Manufacturing

The House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Department of Health to promote harm reduction measures as part of its National Tobacco Control Strategy. Read more

News

The cigarette industry in Southeast Asia is on the wane with combined cigarette volumes sales declining by nearly 3% in 2017. Strong government regulations are key reasons for the reduced outlook. Read more

Features

The National Tobacco Administration says the Philippines’ tobacco output could decrease because of the declining number of tobacco areas and farmers nationwide. Read more

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The National Tobacco Administration now seeks to set aside the bulk of the country’s tobacco production for exports, after a smoking ban and imposed tax hike drove down domestic demand. Read more

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The International Tobacco Growers Association gathered its Asian members in March to discuss challenges growers are facing. Read more

Features

Japan Tobacco’s expansion in the Philippines is seen as important for its growth in Asia Pacific, considering the tough operating environment faced elsewhere. Read more

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Operatives of the Philippine Criminal Investigation and Detection Group raided a factory producing counterfeit cigarettes in the RIS Compound Barangay Tabe, Guiguinto. Read more

News

The Philippines government has dropped a tax evasion case against Mighty Corp, the country’s #2 cigarette manufacturer after it was sold to Japan Tobacco to raise funds for a record PHP30 billion (US$586 million) settlement. Read more

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The Davao City Anti-Smoking Task Force is now planning to add the pollutant tax to all cigarette sellers in the city. Read more

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From the Associate editor

Reflections and Resolutions

An eventful year for an industry undergoing changes, and more to come.

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