The Philippine Star reported
- The new law requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packages takes effect today but compliance is not expected until the Department of Health (DOH) releases the necessary templates, an anti-smoking group said yesterday.
Earlier, Senate President Franklin Drilon said the Graphic Health Warning Law along with the Sin Tax Law would dramatically reduce the number of smokers in the country, especially among the youth.
“Studies have shown that the graphic warning can effectively discourage young people from getting into smoking. The law may not be able to significantly reduce the overall number of smokers, but what is important is the youth,” he said.
Are those pictures on cigarette packs showing the effects of tobacco going to scare people off from smoking? Some, I suppose.
But you know what is really disgusting and will make me want to quit smoking? Pictures of a smiling Lucio Tan with a “Thank you for your support” label underneath.