Dr Shin Young-soo, the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Regional Director for the Western Pacific, has expressed “full support” for the Philippines Department of Health’s efforts to raise tobacco taxes and prices.
“Higher cigarette prices would discourage young people from starting and encourage smokers to quit,” Dr Shin says.
Australia recently passed legislation to increase the cost of a pack of 30 cigarettes to US$ 19.
WHO advocates a tax of at least 70% of retail price. In the Philippines, the tax on the most-sold brand is only about 22%.