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Graphic smoking warnings delayed despite new Philippine law

Graphic warnings on the harmful effects of smoking. AP FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: August 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Group bares new cigarette law’s loophole

New packs of cigarettes displaying pictorial health warnings are arranged on the counter by a shop attendant for photographers at a convenience store in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Tobacco companies on Tuesday largely snubbed an Indonesian law requiring them to put graphic photo warnings on all cigarette packs being sold, marking another setback in a country that's home to the world's highest rate of men smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising.  AP

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.

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Asked its opinion, DOJ tells Palace smoking is bad


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.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Legislators back 3rd-party monitoring of tobacco firms

OFW Family Club party-list Rep. Roy Señeres: Agree

Members of the House ways and means committee have endorsed a proposal to assign a nongovernment organization to monitor tax compliance of cigarette companies.

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bill vs misleading cigarette labels OKd


Don’t be fooled by any claim that the stick you’re smoking is of “low tar” content or an “ultra-light” cigarette.

Posted: June 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »