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The Philippine Tobacco Institute, Inc. is private organization incorporated under Philippine law. It represents, expresses and effects the opinions of the tobacco industry in the Philippines.[1]

Philippine Tobacco Institute
Key people
Rodolfo F. Salanga (President)



The Philippine Tobacco Institute has been curbing the Philippine government's efforts to implement tobacco regulation. Since 2007, eleven legal cases have been filed by the tobacco industry against proposed government oversight; the courts have ruled in the industry's favor in all of these cases.[2]

In 2009, the Philippine Tobacco Institute blocked the FDA's intent to gain control over the quality control of tobacco products in the country.[2]

The Philippine Tobacco Institute has expressed its opinion on tobacco control when it submitted a position paper to the World Health Organization during the proposal for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2000.[1]

The PTI has also lobbied for the Bureau of Internal Revenue to reject a tax stamp system for cigarette packs[3] and successfully reduced the size of graphic warning labels on cigarette packages.[4]

In August 2015, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) to call for its removal from the regulating body.[5]

In May 2017, the Philippine Tobacco Institute approved the president's move to ban smoking in public places, all the while reminding the press about designated smoking areas.[6]


The Philippine Tobacco Institute is a trade association composed of leading tobacco companies in the Philippines.[2] Collectively, its members form "the strongest tobacco lobby in Asia".[7] Some of its members over the years have included:

A few of its member companies have since merged, such as Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing and Fortune Tobacco Corporation, which formed PMFTC in 2010.

The PTI also sits as a member of the Inter-Agency Committee-Tobacco (IAC-T), an agency with exclusive authority to regulate the packaging, use, sale, distribution, and advertisement of tobacco products.[9]

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  1. ^ a b "Position Paper on the Proposed Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of the World Health Organization" (PDF). Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Visconti, Catherine (27 October 2012). "Tobacco firms win legal battles in PH". Rappler. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  3. ^ The Philippine Star (17 April 2010). "Tobacco industry scores costly Sicpa tax stamp scheme". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  4. ^ ABS-CBN News (10 June 2014). "'Watered-down' tobacco warning bill hit". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  5. ^ Tubadeza, Kathryn Mae P. (19 August 2015). "Tobacco-control advocates want industry booted out of policy body". BusinessWorld. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  6. ^ Bryan Le (May 2017). "Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Declares War on Smoking". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  7. ^ Alechnowicz, K.; Chapman, S. (2004). "The Philippine tobacco industry: "the strongest tobacco lobby in Asia"". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  8. ^ Andreo, Calonzo (3 June 2010). "Tobacco firms call for stop to picture health warnings". GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  9. ^ Murcia, Alvin (12 October 2015). "Groups Want PTI Removed from IACT". Health Justice Philippines. Retrieved 12 August 2016.