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‘Per-stick cigarette buyers need to see warnings too’

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

What about smokers who buy their cigarettes by the stick? An antismoking group has urged local government units to pass ordinances in their respective areas requiring cigarette points of sale, including sari-sari stores, to put up graphic warning posters in an effort to deter smokers from buying that next stick.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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 »

Aquino OKs graphic warnings on cigarette packs


Despite being a known smoker, President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a measure requiring graphic warnings on tobacco products, Malacañang said Sunday.

Posted: July 20th, 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 »

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 »