Graphic health warning bill filed

Senate to start debates on graphic warnings on cigarette packs
By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star)
October 07, 2012

News on Senator Pia Cayetano. Please see link to Philippine STAR article here http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?publicationSubCategoryId=63&articleId=856869

MANILA, Philippines – While the government is undertaking efforts to increase the excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol products, the Senate will start debates on the bill that aims to mandate picture-based health warnings on cigarette and other tobacco products’ packages.

Sen. Pia Cayetano, chair of the Senate committee on health and demography, will sponsor the committee report on Senate Bill 3283 or the proposed Picture-Based Health Warning Law next week when Congress resumes its sessions.

“To address some health/smoking concerns, I’m sponsoring the bill on graphic warning on tobacco products next week,” Cayetano said in her Twitter account.

Under the bill, all cigarette and other tobacco products’ packages, including their package inserts and any outside packaging and labeling, must bear “highly visible, full-color picture-based health warnings.” #

Photo: Sen Pia Cayetano with a copy of Committee Report No.397 on Senate Bill No.3283, ‘An Act to effectively instill health consciousness through picture-based warnings on tobacco products.’

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