MANILA-- The Philippine Tobacco Growers Association Inc. (PTGA) on Tuesday expressed grave concern over the proposed increase in excise taxes on tobacco, saying the battery of taxes is killing the local industry.. The Philippines emerged 19th out of 57 countries in the latest Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index, dropping seven places from the previous edition in 2019, which ranked 33 countries. The market is expected to grow annually by 4.2% (CAGR 2020-2025). Philippines: Marlboro sales increase: Sales of Marlboro increased in 2019. The 2019 report’s best-ranked country, the United Kingdom, slipped to fourth place as a result of connections between industry and current government ministers and industry participation in government consultations in 2019. “We commend the Philippine government for the good ranking garnered in the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2019. This has directly impacted our … In 2019, the value of tobacco produced in the Philippines was around 4.6 billion Philippine pesos. In a statement sent to the Philippines News Agency, the PTGA said cigarette taxes "have gone up seven times in the last five years. Industry Performance; For trading year 2019, a total of 46,571,675.06 kilos of locally grown leaf tobacco, with a farm-gate value of PhP 3,915,684,043.21 was recorded as accepted/purchased by the 36 NTA-registered trading centers and which is summarized below. Complacency in the face of the tobacco epidemic insulates the tobacco industry in the Philippines and ensures that tobacco's death toll will grow every year. Tax changes had a negative impact on sales of cigarettes in 2019, with higher prices encouraging consumers to trade down or switch to lower-cost e-vapour products and heated tobacco. In 2018, the value added by the tobacco industry in the Philippines … HealthJustice Philippines, which is one of STOP’s partners in coming up with the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index, lauded the government for its ranking in the index. These countries are moving slowly, and in some instances, even regressing in their efforts to ward off tobacco industry influence. 4. RA 11346, or the Tobacco Tax Law of 2019, increases the excise tax from the current P35 per pack to P45, or less than a dollar, per pack in 2020. Philippines: Revenue in the Cigarettes segment is projected to reach US$3,982m in 2020. Tobacco use places smokers at an even higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease. Lucio Tan’s LTG’s including its tobacco business under PMFTC Inc., (Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp), reported a net income of PHP 9.61 billion—40% higher than the PHP 6.86 billion in 2018. Still, more than 94000 children (10-14 years old) and 12838000 adults (15+ years old) continue to use tobacco each day. The Asean bloc of countries, home to 125 million tobacco users, is targeted by the industry to grow its profits.