Department of Health supports the restructuring of Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco to remove tobacco industry representation from the body

Health advocates welcomed the Department of Health (DOH) support to House Bill No. 5589 (HB 5589), otherwise known as “An Act Strengthening The Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco”, which seeks to remove tobacco industry representation from the committee, whose sole function is to implement tobacco control laws. The DOH released a position paper last March 8,…



PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ   The Philippines’ Global Cancer ambassador Emer Roxas (left) and Ang Nars party-list Rep. Leah Paquiz (center) join health groups in urging tobacco companies to put graphic warnings on cigarette packs in compliance with the new law.     Reference


Cigarette packs with graphic warning expected in June

By Mayen Jaymalin   MANILA, Philippines – Cigarette packs with graphic health warnings (GHWs) are expected to be available in the market by June.   Emer Rojas, president of New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP), a cancer prevention, persons with disabilities and tobacco control advocacy group, yesterday expressed optimism that old cigarette packs would…

Health group: graphic health warnings due on March

HealthJustice Philippines, a public health policy think tank and recipient of the  Bloomberg Philanthropy Award for Global Tobacco Control, welcome the release of tobacco product packages that contains graphic health warnings, which should be out in the market not later than March 3, 2016, as required by Republic Act No. 10643, otherwise known as the Graphic Health Warnings Law.   “With the recent release of implementing rules and regulations of the Graphic Health Warnings Law, tobacco companies are left with no…

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