Updated May 2013
Impact on Revenue
Cigarette Price (2012)
Most popular local brand is Fortune costs 0.47 USD per pack
Most popular foreign brand is Marlboro costs 0.99 USD per pack
Nominal prices of cigarettes in the Philippines have increased over time, but between 2000 and 2010, real prices for the most popular cigarette brands of each price class have actually decreased by 9%, at the minimum, and 18%, at the maximum.
Cigarettes have become more affordable in the Philippines as indicated by the decreasing RIP trend. From 1999 to 2009, the RIP decreased by 27 to 36 percent. Despite the regular excise tax increases, cigarettes have become less expensive and more affordable due to the greater increases in per capita GDP income. This means that cigarette prices have not been catching up with the increase in income, resulting from higher economic growth for the past years.
In order to reduce both the negative health and socio-economic burdens caused by tobacco, the government recently passed Republic Act (RA) 10351 or the Sin Tax Reform Act of 2012, considered a milestone in legislation for instituting much needed reforms that had failed to pass for the previous 16 years
Effective 1 January 2013, the following excise rates were implemented