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More smokers will quit by 2017

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Senate President Franklin Drilon yesterday said he is confident the back-to-back implementation of the Sin Tax Reform and the Graphic Health Warning laws would significantly reduce the number of Filipinos smokers especially among the youth and those in the low-income bracket. The Graphic Health Warning Act, which formally took effect last week, is one of the landmark laws passed by the Aquino administration last July. Manila Bulletin

Drilon said that by 2017, when a uniform tax rate on all types of cigarettes would have already been imposed, making the price of cigarettes much higher and relatively unaffordable to the youth and the poor, more and more Filipinos will be encouraged to finally quit smoking. Manila Bulletin

“A year and a half after the Sin Tax Law was passed, we can see that it is a very potent law towards reducing the number of Filipinos smokers, The numbers reflect the fact that, slowly, the state’s aggressive anti-smoking policies can help convince people to stop their smoking habit for good and the implementation of the Graphic Health Warning Act will boost up our campaign against smoking,” Drilon said. Manila Bulletin

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