Cigarettes ‘disappearing’ from shelves in Mindanao areas

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Cigarette smokers continue to find it hard to buy their favorite brands here and in other parts of Southern Mindanao as of Thursday as most wholesalers and retailers claim there was still scarcity of supply.

Major cigarette brands started to disappear from stores shortly after Christmas, less than a week before the Sin Tax Law came into effect.

The department manager of a major mall and grocery store here, which has branches in various Mindanao and Visayas areas, said they had ran out of stock and that their sources had indicated early on that supplies would be available by next week yet.

“All our branches in Mindanao and Visayas have no stocks now,” …

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