Tobacco Control

Groups call for accountability as gov’t officials attend opening of tobacco facility

April 18, 2024

Groups on Thursday are wondering why State figures and government officials are present and openly endorsing heated tobacco products at the inauguration of a vape manufacturing facility in Tanauan, Batangas on April 15. “First of all, it is deceitful to call this vape manufacturing facility a “smoke-free” facility. Vapes and heated tobacco products still produce […]

PLCPD, youth leaders to launch campaign for ‘World No Tobacco Day’

March 21, 2024

In preparation for World No Tobacco Day on May 31, PLCPD convened youth leaders on Wednesday to plan the campaign calling to protect children from the tobacco industry. Resource persons from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, ExplainedPH, and PITIK Bulag talked about strategies that the youth can adopt to counter tobacco industry disinformation, including enhancing […]

Child rights advocates: Don’t just ban disposable vapes, put back child protection safeguards removed by Vape Law

March 8, 2024

We support the government proposal to ban disposable vapes, a step backed by the Department of Health (Philippines), citing that easy access to these products is worsening underage smoking in the Philippines. However, the government shouldn’t stop there. If the government truly cares about improving vape regulation, it must seriously bring back the child protection […]

Child rights advocates slam pro-tobacco PH delegation in health conference, support Senate Blue Ribbon investigation

February 23, 2024

The Child Rights Network (CRN) and its convenor, the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), stand behind the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigation chaired by Senator Pia Cayetano into the conduct of government officials in the recently concluded international health conference on tobacco control. The Philippines received its fifth “Dirty Ashtray” award at […]

PLCPD and CRN express dismay over the Philippines’ receipt of Dirty Ashtray award

February 22, 2024

During the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s hearing on February 21, PLCPD, as convenor of the Child Rights Network (CRN), expressed disappointment in the Philippine delegation for prioritizing tobacco industry interests over public health and the welfare of children public health at the tenth session of the Conference of Parties of the World Health Organization-Framework Convention […]

CRN’s statement on the ‘Dirty Ashtray’ award of the Philippines at COP10

February 13, 2024

We express our disappointment in the Philippine delegation for prioritizing tobacco industry interests over the welfare of our children. The recently concluded 10th session of the Conference of Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in Panama marks a critical juncture for nations, amid intensified campaigns by the tobacco […]

Strawberry-flavored deception

February 10, 2024

We urge the Philippines government to commit to strict enforcement of the law and even stronger measures, especially on electronic smoking devices that have contributed to a growing youth “vapedemic” in the country. #VapeNotSafe #TobaccoFreeGeneration

Child Rights Network to PH gov’t: Protect children from nicotine addiction, stand against vapes in international meet

February 8, 2024

Child Rights Network (CRN), the largest child rights alliance, has urged the Philippine government to commit to stronger tobacco control measures, especially on the use of electronic cigarettes or vapes, which the group said has contributed to a growing youth ‘vapedemic’ in the Philippines. This call comes amidst the ongoing 10th session of the Conference […]

Advocates and campus journalists unite in fight against tobacco and vape disinformation 

January 29, 2024

PLCPD and ExplainedPH joined forces to bolster their fight against tobacco and vape disinformation, positioning campus journalists at the forefront of this battle. The event, titled “Fact-checking Tobacco and Vape Disinformation: A Workshop and Knowledge Building Activity,” drew participation from over 30 attendees representing various student publications in senior high schools, colleges, and universities. Held […]

Groups unite to champion passage of smoke-free policies at the local level

December 6, 2023

In a groundbreaking collaboration, the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), Child Rights Network (CRN), Health Justice, Parents Against Vape, and a host of local government units (LGUs) are spearheading the adoption of local smoke-free policies. In a media briefing on December 5, 2023, the groups stressed that this joint endeavor is a […]