‘Increasing tobacco taxes is ‘crucial’ in achieving universal health care — Health group

  • Increasing taxes for tobacco is crucial in achieving universal health care, a health group believes
  • New Vois Association of the Philippines supports legislative moves to raise tobacco tax to P60 per pack
  • NVAP President Emer Rojas said Sin Tax was instrumental in increasing health budgets since 5 years ago

Increasing taxes for tobacco is crucial in achieving universal health care, a health group believes.

New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) President Emer Rojas said they support legislative moves to raise tobacco tax from the current P35 per pack to P60 per pack or more.

“As Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) we are often faced with the dilemma of having to access appropriate health care services due to their costs so having a universal health care in place would hopefully bridge that gap,” Rojas, a victim of smoking-related illness, noted.

Rojas stressed that the Sin Tax was instrumental in increasing health budgets since five years ago with 85 percent of it used to fund health programs.

It is estimated that the country loses P210 billion a year from just the four major tobacco-related diseases alone.

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NVAP

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