Graphic warnings on Philippine cigarette packets will not appear for almost two years despite the law technically coming into force on Thursday, with health officials blaming pressure from a powerful tobacco lobby.
By Jocelyn R. Uy
An anti-smoking group on Monday said the Graphic Health Warnings Law was a step forward in protecting the right to health of Filipinos but the measure had a loophole that would give tobacco firms an opportunity to undermine it.
By Tarra Quismundo
Yes, smoking is bad for you. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima had this response to Malacañang’s request for a Department of Justice comment on the Graphic Health Warnings Law, a measure awaiting the signature of President Aquino, a long-time smoker, after the measure was ratified by Congress last month.
By Gil Cabacungan
Members of the House ways and means committee have endorsed a proposal to assign a nongovernment organization to monitor tax compliance of cigarette companies.
By TJ Burgonio
Don’t be fooled by any claim that the stick you’re smoking is of “low tar” content or an “ultra-light” cigarette.