Updated: 07/21/2014 00:58 | By Agence France-Presse

Philippine leader signs law for warnings on tobacco products

Philippine President Benigno Aquino, who has been criticised for his own inability to quit smoking, has signed a law requiring tobacco companies to print graphic warning pictures on packets, his spokesman said Sunday.


Philippine leader signs law for warnings on tobacco products

Various civic organizers campaign for a law for graphic health warnings on tobacco products in Manila on June 10, 2014 - by Jay Directo

The bill signed Friday has long been campaigned for by health advocates but is opposed by the tobacco industry.

It requires companies to devote about half the space on packets to warnings including photographs of internal organs ravaged by smoking.

The Philippines has long had a conflicted attitude towards smoking, with the government trying to discourage it even as it encourages a politically powerful tobacco-growing industry.

In 2013 Aquino signed a "sin tax" bill dramatically raising the taxes on tobacco products.

The Philippines is the latest developing country to follow Western nations in requiring shock pictorial health warnings.

A similar Indonesian law came into force in late June, but was initially widely ignored.

According to a 2009 survey, 28 percent of adult Filipinos are smokers.

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn

NEWS VIDEOS

MORE NEWS VIDEOS

facebook recommendations

LIVE NEWS RADIO STREAMING

  • 938 Live

    938LIVE is Singapore's only English news and talk station which transmits round the clock with an engaging and enticing spread of programmes on current affairs, health, business and lifestyle as well as news every half hour until midnight.

  • Capital 958


    95.8FM城市频道的前身是"第三广播网"。上个世纪30年代末,新加坡就有中文广播,一路走来经过不少政治,社会局势的改变,中文广播在本地一直扮演举足轻重的角色。