As the City Health issues Dengue alert Get P10K Dengue Insurance for only P300 at The SM Store

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The City Health Office (CHO) recently reminded the public about the possible increase in Dengue cases during the present wet season. And just in case, it is better to be practical and insured. For only P300, you could already secure a lump sum cash of P10,000 if you get diagnosed with Dengue, either outpatient or hospitalized. This MediCash Dengue Insurance by Pioneer is available at the SM Store Customer Service, valid after 15 days of waiting period up to one (1) year. Once insured, you still get P10,000 on top of your HMO and PhilHealth benefits to take care of other expenses. Receipts or hospital bills are not required. Regular price of MediCash Dengue Insurance is P350 for customers without SM Advantage Card (SMAC) and P320 for SMAC holders. You can get this for P300 if you buy more than one policy, for you and for at least one of your loved ones with ages 14 days old up to 70 years old. For inquiries, you may contact Pioneer at (02) 7750 5433  or email retail@pioneer.co

Tax increases on e-cigs and heated tobacco products to prevent youth uptake


The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) welcomes new taxes on electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) signed into law by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on 22 January 2020 to protect the health of all Filipinos especially the youth and the poor.

“E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products are harmful, promote youth addiction, and reduce the success of smokers wanting to quit their addiction. New taxes on these products are a win for the health of all Filipinos, particularly the youth, but while the new tax rates are certainly higher than rates approved by the previous Congress, they should be raised further to at least the same level as traditional cigarettes,” said Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, Executive Director of SEATCA.

The 2018 National Nutrition Survey already shows that 20 percent of e-cigarette users in the Philippines are aged 10 to 19 years old. This proportion of youth e-cigarette smokers is 3 times higher than the proportion of youth cigarette smokers.

Currently, the tobacco epidemic claims more than 117,000 lives in the Philippines annually and over 8 million lives globally every year. The government should act proactively to prevent a new epidemic before it takes root, one that threatens to prolong rather than end the current tobacco epidemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already warned that all forms of tobacco, including HTPs, are harmful and that e-cigarettes are undoubtedly harmful. More than 40 countries already ban the sale of e-cigarettes and HTPs, including four ASEAN countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Singapore, and Thailand.

Coupled with a higher tax on alcohol products, taxes on e-cigarettes and HTPs will make the tax reforms overwhelmingly pro-youth, pro-poor and pro-health. (PR)

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