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New health warnings to go on packets of cigarettes

The Public Health Ministry is set to put new warnings on packets of cigarettes having come to the conclusion that the current warnings that have been in use for three years have become too familiar to have any real affect on smokers.

Ten new warning messages have been approved by the National Tobacco Control Board. It is thought that a ministerial regulation to enforce the use of the new warnings is imminent. Thai law requires that warnings are displayed prominently on the packets

Current warnings say that cigarettes cause strokes, can kill children and cause oral cancer, the new message will include warnings that cigarette contain ratsbane, cause liver cancer, that 140 Thai’s die a day from smoking and that children will smoke if their parents do.

It is estimated that there are ten million smokers in Thialand.

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