All cigarette packs should contain pictures showing its bad effects on our health, as the full implementation of Graphic Health Warning Law takes effect starting Nov. 4.
This is in accordance with the implementing rules and regulation of Republic Act No. 10643 or Graphic Health Warning Law.
In line with the full implementation of the said law, all cigarette manufacturers, importers, distributors and even retailers who will be caught selling cigarettes without proper labels will be penalized with an amount not lower than 10,000 pesos and not exceeding to 2 million pesos, depending on their violation.
The Department of Health is the primary agency responsible for the strict implementation of the said law.
Other government agencies who will also help in monitoring are the Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Inter-Agency Council on Tobacco and local government unit, wherein the public can report those who are still selling cigarettes without a picture-based warning printed on its package.
Along with the groups that will monitor the implementation of the law, are some civil society groups who will help with the inspection of stores and establishments selling cigarettes.
The groups hope that the implementation of the law will be in order and will be successful, which is expected to help in lessening the number of smokers of people who are smoking.
“We, victims of cigarette smoking will guard and help ensure that the law will be fully implemented. And we hope that no one will violate this,” said New Vois Association of the Philippines President Emer Rojas.
The civil groups also encourage the public to be involved and ensure the strict execution of the law.
“The participation of the public is very important to make the proper and successful implementation of Graphic Health Warning Law,” said Rojas.
The groups are also confident that the executive order for the no smoking policy will be signed soon by President Rodrigo Duterte.
All fines that will be collected will be used as a fund for the creation of anti-tobacco campaigns and other materials that will help in the fight against cigarette smoking in the country. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
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