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WHO Framework on Anti-Smoking Campaign
Anti-smoking campaign is ongoing. It became a legal battle between the health sector using WHO Framework on anti-smoking campaign and tobacco industry, not only at the national level but also at the local government units level. The health sector was promoting the passage of a “model smoke-free ordinance” in LGUs but, in defense, the tobacco industry is conveniently seeking refuge in the provisions of Republic Act no. 9211 passed by Congress.
What is a “model smoke-free ordinance” and how should it be viewed vis-à-vis R.A no. 9211 otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulation Act (“TRA”) approved by former President Arroyo on June 23, 2003? (more…)