MANILA - The Department of Health on Tuesday released new graphic warning labels that will be stuck on cigarette packs as part of efforts to discourage smoking.
The labels have 12 variations, including photos of a mouth cancer patient, an asthma-stricken boy and a stillborn baby. They also show that cigarette ingredients are used in embalming fluid and toilet cleaners.
Such warnings were made mandatory under a nearly 4-year-old law signed by former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino, a known smoker.
Aquino's successor, President Rodrigo Duterte, last year signed an executive order restricting smoking in public places, replicating a city ordinance he instituted as Davao mayor.
Some 15.9 million Filipino adults smoke tobacco products down from 17 million in 2009, according to the 2015 Global Adult Tobacco Survey.