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    Phl observes ‘World No Tobacco Day’

    THE Philippines joined Saturday the observance of the World Health Organization's (WHO) “World No Tobacco Day” that seeks to promote the reduction of tobacco consumption and its impact on public health and well-being.
    "This observance heightens public awareness on the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocates the adoption of effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a statement.
    Coloma cited a recently published document in which WHO commended the Philippines as one of the countries in the world that successfully pushed for reforms in the government’s health agenda, by enacting a law restructuring taxes on tobacco and alcohol.
    President Benigno Aquino III signed into law on December 20, 2012 Republic Act No. 10351, commonly known as the “Sin Tax” Reform law.
    Last week, Coloma said the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), the tobacco control coalition in the ASEAN region, recognized President Aquino, as well as the Department of Health and Department of Finance for passing and implementing the Sin Tax Reform law.
    "In a statement, SEATCA recognized President Aquino’s efforts in 'inspiring leadership and unwavering political will to push forward a revolutionary Sin Tax Reform law thereby putting public health before profits and ensuring tobacco control measures," the Palace official said.
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