FHM Nation, are you one of the 17.3 million Filipinos who smoke on a daily basis? We'll have you know that the new law requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packages officially takes effect today, August 7.
Do you know what that means? This...
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...will soon be replaced by this:
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We know, we know. It makes you not want to pick up a stick ever again (which is kind of the point). But according to the anti-smoking group New Vois Association of the Philippines, compliance will not be expected until the Department of Health (DOH) releases the necessary templates, and that could still take close to a year.
"The law is supposed to take effect already, but we can only feel its presence 20 months after the templates have been released," NVAP president Emer Rojas explains to ABS-CBNNews.com. The new law states that tobacco companies have a year to comply and an additional eight months to sell all the cigarette packs without graphic health warnings. After that, prepare to see a lot of gore!
But it's not like it's a bad thing. Senate President Franklin Drilon claims that the Graphic Health Warning Law, along with the Sin Tax Law, will dramatically reduce the number of smokers in the country. "Studies have shown that the graphic warning can effectively discourage young people from getting into smoking," he adds.
The DOH announced that it hopes to come out with the templates on September 6, so we all better get used to it soon.