Chart showing tobacco use among youth in the Philippines, 2003)
Fortune Tobacco Corp held 43 percent of the cigarette market share in 2008. Philip Morris International ranked second with a market share of 28 percent in the same year. It was followed by Japan Tobacco with a share of 15 percent and Mighty Corp. with 5 percent. In the Philippines, more than 81 billion cigarettes were sold in 2008.
The Philippines ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on June 6, 2005.
Smoke-free environments: In the Philippines, smoking is completely banned in healthcare, educational, and indoor government facilities and on public land transportation. Smoking is also banned in other indoor workplaces and public places, however the law allows for these areas to have designated smoking areas.
Advertising, promotion and sponsorship: Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is banned in the Philippines with some exceptions. Tobacco companies can still advertise at point-of-sale, provide free distribution of tobacco products, and provide promotional discounts.
Warning labels: Warning labels are text-only and cover 30 percent of the front of the package.
Tobacco taxes: Tobacco taxes in the Philippines are below the rate recommended by the World Bank (from 65 percent to 80 percent of retail price) that is commonly present in countries with effective tobacco control policies.
Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, Republic Act No. 9211
— Sections 5; 6; 13; and 14
Alcohol and Tobacco Products Tax Increase, Republic Act No. 9334