Case Studies in Illicit Tobacco Trade: The Philippines

This Case Study was written by Jo-Ann L. Diosana, Action for Economic Reforms, and Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III, Action for Economic Reforms. The Case Study describes the revenue and public health impacts of the series of tax increases on cigarettes in the Philippines beginning in 2013 and the measures put in place by the government during this time to combat illicit trade. The Fact Sheet concludes by offering recommendations to further address illicit trade of tobacco products.