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    Phl lawmaker: Include picture on warnings

    A Philippine lawmaker on Friday said he 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 of Iloilo City) House Bill 3715 will 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 service information drive which factually and accurately describes the health consequences of smoking," Treñas said.
    He stressed the government must do our best to inform the public of the health hazards associated with tobacco products.
    Treñas also said the bill is in line with the Constitutional mandate for the State to protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them.
    The Philippines is a signatory to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) whose guiding principle is to inform the people of the health consequences, addictive nature and mortal threat posed by tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.
    "The FCTC recognizes the spread of the tobacco epidemic as a global problem with serious consequences for public health and raises the international community's concern about the increase in the worldwide consumption and production of tobacco products, particularly in developing countries," Treñas said.
    "Non-price measures, such as the inclusion of picture-based warnings in the packaging of tobacco products, are recognized by the FCTC and the international community as an effective means to reduce tobacco consumption," Trenas added.
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