Graphic health warning bill, 4 others signed into law

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President Aquino signs 5 new laws last Friday, July 18
EFFECTIVE. The image is a sample graphic warning used by the Australian government, and posted on the WHO website.

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Sunday, July 20, announced the signing of five new laws, including the graphic health warning bill.

In a press briefing, Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said President Benigno Aquino on Friday, July 18, signed into law the following:

  1. Republic Act 10640: An Act to Further Strengthen the Anti-Drug Campaign of the Government, Amending Section 21 of R.A. 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002
  2. Republic Act 10641: An Act Allowing the Full Entry of Foreign Banks in the Philippines, Amending for the Purpose R.A. 7721
  3. Republic Act 10642: An Act Strengthening Consumer Protection in the Purchase of Brand New Motor Vehicles
  4. Republic Act 10643: An Act to Effectively Instill Health Consciousness through Graphic Health Warnings on Tobacco Products
  5. Republic Act 10644: An Act Promoting Job Generation and Inclusive Growth Through the Development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise

In June, the Senate and House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the graphic health warning bill.

The law allows for the placement of images of cancerous lungs and throats and health warings on cigarette packs. (READ: Look, mate, scary cigarette packs!)

The graphic health warning is expected to lessen the number of Filipino smokers. (INFOGRAPHIC: What a scary cigarette pack in PH will look like) – Rappler.com