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Tanuan City residents, anti-smoking groups oppose naming street after cigarette brand

MANILA, Feb. 23 – Residents of Tanauan City in Batangas province and a non-government health group on Tuesday asked local government officials to shelve plans of naming a street after a popular cigarette brand because they believe smoking kills.

The anti-smoking group and the residents said naming the street Philip Morris Street in Tanauan City after the US cigarette brand Philip Morris, was also a bad idea.

They also described cigarettes as products that consistently contributed to 10 Filipino deaths a day.

The Quezon City-based Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP) also threatened to sue Tanauan City Mayor Sonia Torres-Aquino and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan if the plan is pushed through.

In a statement, FCAP executive director Maricar Limpin said on Tuesday that “putting up a street sign bearing the name of a cigarette brand is not only a violation of an existing law, but is utterly unmindful and insensitive to the health of Tanauan folk.”

“We strongly urge the Tanauan City government to refrain from carrying out the mandate of the Sangguniang Bayan resolution naming one of its streets as Philip Morris and putting up that street sign bearing the name Philip Morris,” Limpin said. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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