Philippine president-elect refuses to quit smoking

Aquino's comments came as rules requiring prominent warnings on cigarette packets came into effect on Monday.

Philippine president-elect refuses to quit smoking

Philippine president-elect Benigno Aquino on Monday rejected calls to quit smoking, saying his habit would help him deal with the severe pressures of his new position.

Aquino brushed aside calls from health groups that quitting smoking would set a good example for the country.

"I will be coming under a lot of pressure. Should I add another unnecessary pressure? Maybe that might even affect my decisions on what I should do," Aquino told reporters.

The 50-year-old bachelor, said by former colleagues to smoke about one or two packets a day, conceded that quitting smoking would be good for his health and that he intended to kick the habit eventually.

But he said quitting now would add stress to his life and pointed out that, as long as he followed smoking regulations and did not bother anyone, he should be free to smoke.

Aquino's comments came as rules requiring prominent warnings on cigarette packets came into effect on Monday, and activists said they would still press for him to kick the habit.


Agencies

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