The Philippines had a long history with tobacco before the smoking ban. In the year of 2002, the Philippines was ranked 15th for being one of the largest consumers of tobacco and had one of the highest smoking rates in Asia. Smoking prevails with the young and old, men and women alike. By 2003, the Tobacco Regulation Act (RA9211) was implemented by the government. The law states that a person under 18 years cannot purchase, sell, or smoke tobacco products. It also implemented restrictions and bans on tobacco related advertisements, endorsements, sponsorships, and packaging.
By September 4, 2005, The Philippines became a party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The party encouraged the Philippines to increase prices and taxes on tobacco. They also issue public awareness, marketing bans, preventing sales to minors, and other acts of monitoring tobacco use in the country. In the year of 2009, It is revealed by the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) that twenty-eight percent or 17.
3 million filipino adults are tobacco smokers. The filipino population that were surveyed for this were of 15 year old age and older. The information collected were the respondent’s background and history with tobacco like “how many packs in a day?” and “at what age did you start smoking?”. To assist with this problem, the Department of Health (DOH) issued an administrative order in the year of 2010. This order required the inclusion of graphic warning labels on cigarette packs and prohibited the use of misleading descriptions such as “mild”, “light”, and so on. The order was the created into a bill by June 2014.
It stated that cigarette packs should contain pictures that warn people of the dangers of smoking. The images would occupy the lower half of the front and the rear panels of the pack. Finally, the bill was implemented by March 2016 and was named “Graphic Health Warnings Law”. Tobacco companies were required to print twelve graphic health warnings to their packaging and all packs being sold had to follow it by November 2016.