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Health advocates slam Court of Appeals ruling on tobacco ads 

Jump to full article: Cebu City Sun Star (ph), 2011-09-24


ANTI-SMOKING groups said they were “aghast” over a recent Court of Appeals decision that nullified a Department of Health resolution prohibiting the tobacco industry from promoting their products.

The decision was the result of an appeal filed by Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI) and Fortune Tobacco Corp. Both companies alleged the Department of Health (DOH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of committing grave abuse of discretion when it disallowed promotions, advertisements, and sponsorships of tobacco products.

The appeals court said that while it is “...not oblivious of the desire of the people to live a healthy life and in a healthy environment, it also recognizes the contribution of the tobacco industry to the advancement of the country’s economy."

This, in turn, has prompted HealthJustice to ask whether the health of Filipinos "is not as worthy an investment as trade, if not more?"

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