To effectively warn the public of the hazards of cigarette smoking and exposure to second hand smoke, the Graphic Health Warnings Law is now fully implemented nationwide.
Health Education Promotion Officer Aian Caridad of the Department of Health (DOH)- Northern Mindanao told a group of media practitioners in a meeting held on Friday at Pearlmont Hotel here that the full implementation of Republic Act 10643, otherwise known as the Graphics Health Warnings Law started on Nov. 4, 2016.
Caridad explained that the said law aims not only to warn the public of the devastating effects of tobacco use but also to remove misleading descriptors, which tend to convey that a certain tobacco product is healthier, less harmful or safer.
With this law, all tobacco product packets and packages must bear photos accurately depicting the hazards of tobacco use with textual warning related to the pictures.
Common illnesses that result from smoking are lung cancer, stroke, asthma, premature, low birth-weight babies, diabetes, blindness and many others.
Caridad emphasized that the local government units (LGUs) play a very important role in the full implementation of the Graphic Health Warnings Law. (FPG/PIA10)