10 months Increased tobacco excise to prevent first-time smokers by 800,000 — Pacquiao MB
By Mario Casayuran Enactment of a measure into law increasing the excise tax on cigarettes will prevent an estimated 800,000 new smokers on the first year of its implementation. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN) This was the estimate of Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao when he read his opening statement on his Senate Bill 1599 that seeks an increased excise tax of P60 per pack of cigarettes. Pacquiao asked his colleagues to fast-track its passage since they have four more plenary session days left before Congress goes on a three-month election break starting February 8. Pacquiao’s and two other excise-tax related ... more