03 June 2010

Warning: Poison

Health warnings on cigarette packs are among the strongest defences against the global tobacco epidemic. Take a look at examples of what lobbyists want to see on cigarette packs.

Throats eaten away by cancer, mouths suppurating with gum disease, kids struggling to breathe, gangrenous limbs, open-heart surgery. The new tobacco health warnings pull no punches.

Countries around the world are changing their tobacco control legislation so that products have to display such explicit warnings. At present, South African cigarette packs display only written warnings, but legislation is in the works for that to soon change. The following are examples of what to expect (these are in fact some of the less gruesome ones):


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