CHR wants graphic images on cigarette packs

Posted at 01/20/2014 8:40 PM | Updated as of 01/21/2014 3:21 PM

MANILA -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Monday said putting graphic warnings in cigarette packs is a sure-fire way for smokers to kick the habit.

In a statement, the CHR said one of the foremost rights of everyone is the right to health, thus the need for people to see graphic images of what smoking can do to one's lungs.

It said everyone must be aware of the ill effects of smoking.

The CHR said graphic warnings and the sin tax law don't seek to "kill" the tobacco industry in the country but merely protect citizens from the diseases brought about by smoking and second-hand smoke.

According to CHR commissioner Rachel Quisumbing, these graphic images would make smokers "think twice" about the habit. - Report from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM