Artlets alumna wins best story for report on vape law

Photo courtesy of Cristina Eloisa Baclig

AN ALUMNA of the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) received the first-ever award for best story on tobacco product alternatives at the 16th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards last Nov. 13.

UST journalism graduate Cristina Eloisa Baclig, a content researcher and writer for and a former features writer of The Flame, penned the award-winning report titled, “Vape Bill: Unresolved debate on vaping’s risks, benefits now to reach Duterte’s table.”

The report, originally published in in April 2022, was the second of a two-part story covering the then-proposed law on the regulation of vaporized nicotine, non-nicotine and novel tobacco products.

Bright Leaf Awards’ new category honors the most compelling published news story featuring innovations in tobacco use and current developments in alternative tobacco products.

Entries were judged based on relevance (25%), impact (25%), objectivity (25%), research (15%) and style (10%).

Launched in 2007, the Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards recognizes the most outstanding and relevant agriculture stories in print, broadcast, and online media. F

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