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A study by the World Health Organization shows the Philippines continues to have one of the highest rates of smoking in Asia despite the government’s efforts to get Filipinos to quit smoking. The Philippines is ranked in the top 15 countries worldwide with the highest burden of tobacco-related illnesses. The country loses nearly P270 million in tobacco-usage related costs, which includes healthcare and productivity loss from illnesses and mortality. More than 100,000 Filipinos die annually from smoking-related diseases, such as lung cancer and heart failure.