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Aug 10, 2010
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Soon, Filipino smokers might just have a very persuasive reason to kick those cancer sticks away. [firstpara]

Today, August 10, 2010, Inquirer.net reported that the Department of Health, and officers of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP), an anti-tobacco advocate, have talked about the imposition of new taxes on the Marlboros, the Philip Morisses, and all the other cigarette brands in the country.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona admitted in the article though, that all this talk remains just an idea and hasn’t been pushed forward to lawmaking bodies just yet.

If the new taxes come to pass though, we’re looking at 5.50 to 7.50 Pesos per stick, and around 97 to 190 Pesos per 20-cigarette pack.

At those prices, we’re sure that it’s going to be a lot harder to bum a cigarette from a friend, and a whole lot easier to stick to the decision of quitting once and for all.

Apart from being a possible deterrent to smoking, the revenues that the new tax would create will also be used to finance the health care insurance system for 5 million poor Filipinos.

What do you think FHM readers? Will these potential taxes encourage you to cross off smoking from your list of vices? Do you see the country benefiting as a whole from this?

And the most pressing question: Will Pnoy finally be ready to quit as well? We HOPE to hear from you in our comments box below. And pardon the bad pun.

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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