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april04.2014Mandatory picture-based warnings on all cigarette packages sought

april04.2014Mandatory picture-based warnings on all cigarette packages sought

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Mandatory picture-based warnings on all cigarette packages sought
A lawmaker is pushing for the mandatory inclusion of picture based warnings on all  packages of tobacco products to dissuade people from smoking.Rep. Jerry P. Treñas (Lone istrict! "loilo #ity$ filed %ouse &ill ')*! to promote  public awareness on the dangers associated with cigarette smoking and second hand smoke.+This is not an attack on the tobacco industry! rather! a public ser,ice information dri,e which factually and accurately describes the health conse-uences of smoking! Treñas said.+/e in the go,ernment must do our best to inform the public of the health ha0ards associated with tobacco products! Treñas stressed. Treñas said the bill is in line with the #onstitutional mandate for the 1tate to protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them.2oreo,er! Treñas said the Philippines is a signatory to the /orld %ealth 3rgani0ation 4ramework #on,ention on Tobacco #ontrol (/%354#T#$ whose guiding  principle is to inform the people of the health conse-uences! addicti,e nature and mortal threat posed by tobacco consumption and e6posure to tobacco smoke. +The 4#T# recogni0es the spread of the tobacco epidemic as a global problem with serious conse-uences for public health and raises the international community7s concern about the increase in the worldwide consumption and production of tobacco products!  particularly in de,eloping countries! Trenas said. +8on5price measures! such as the inclusion of picture5based warnings in the  packaging of tobacco products! are recogni0ed by the 4#T# and the international community as an effecti,e means to reduce tobacco consumption! Trenas added.9nder the measure! each tobacco product package must ha,e picture5based warnings describing the harmful effects of tobacco use in conformity with the guidelines to be issued by the epartment of %ealth (3%$! including minimum resolution! si0e and location within the principal display area of the warning.The picture5based warning should occupy at least fifty (*:;$ percent of the  principal display area in both the front and back panel of the two largest surface.
NR # 3426APRIL 4, 2014

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