Experts have revealed that the poorest 30 percent of Filipino households spend P5.63 billion on cigarettes. Almost P2 billion more than what they spend on schooling expenses of their children. On average, the Filipino man spends about P340 a month on smoking, and women spend about P233 a month.
Smoking expenses are high, and added health costs, lost man-hours and productivity due to sickness all contribute in worsening poverty for Filipinos.
The World Health Organization reports that 20,000 Filipinos die of smoking-related diseases. Metro Manila has recently implemented a smoking ban in the city. Even if President Aquino is a notorious chain-smoker.