Tobacco Control Project


The Rights of Children and Tobacco Control Project is an educational campaign and policy advocacy work for the strict implementation of laws against tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship and access restriction to minors, impelled by the imperative to help protect children’s welfare and promote their rights, particularly their right to health and a healthful environment.  It is, to say the least, an investment for a healthier citizenry and healthier environment.


Project Objectives

Through educational campaign and advocacy work, the Project aims to:

1.  Push for implementation of an advertisement ban and access restriction laws in compliance with Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC); and

2.  Empower the communities to actively promote tobacco control.


Message and Messenger

“Save our children, save our future.”  

Saving the children from the health hazards of tobacco use is ensuring a healthy citizenry for the country.  It means investing not only on the health of the children, but also of the future generation of Filipinos.

With the children’s rights to health and healthful environment as the primordial concern, the children and their parents are the prime messengers of the educational campaign and advocacy work.   


Key Partners

The children and parents of the community – messengers of the project – is supported by the Streetchildren Development Center (SDC), Inc. as the key partner and lead organization. 

The Project is supported by other partner organizations, such as:   the Department of Health-National Capital Region (DOH-NCR), Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines (FCAP), HealthJustice, University of the Philippines Center for Legal Development Foundation (UPCLDP), and UP Paralegal Volunteers Organization (UP PVO).


Our Task

The messengers and partners are guided by the Philippines’ treaty obligations under the FCTC and the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), in conjunction with Republic Act (RA) No. 9211. 

The messengers and partners seek to pressure the government to comply and implement the provisions under the treaties and the law.


World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

·     Article 13 (2), undertake a comprehensive ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship

·     Article 16, implement measures to prohibit the sales of tobacco products to minors


Convention on the Rights of the Child

·      Article 17,ensure that the child has access to information and material aimed at the promotion of his or her social, spiritual and moral well-being and physical and mental health

·    Article 24, implement measures for the child to enjoy the highest standard of health, as well as to basic knowledge of child health and nutrition.


Republic Act  9211

·    Section 5 (a), strictly implement the prohibition of smoking in centers of youth activities

·    Sections 7 to 12, strictly implement access restrictions to minors:  prohibition on sale through vending machines or self-service facilities; prohibition on sale of tobacco within school perimeters; posting of signage at point-of sale establishments measures to restrict access of tobacco to minors

The messengers and key partners also advocate for the passage of other child-friendly ordinances, bills or measures that seek to implement other provisions on access restrictions to minors under Article 16 of FCTC such as:

·    Prohibiting the manufacture and sale of sweets, snacks, toys or any other objects in the form of tobacco products which appeal to minors

·    Prohibiting the sale of cigarettes individually or in small packets (commonly referred to as kiddy packs) which increase the affordability of such products to minors

"Children are one third of our population and all of our future."
                                  – Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981