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Health Warnings On Cigarette Packages In China Should Convey Stronger Message

The Lancet: Cigarette packaging in China — not going far enough
“A WHO report, Tobacco Health Warnings in China: Evidence of Effectiveness and Implications for Action, published on April 8, summarizes evidence on the effectiveness of China’s written health warnings on tobacco packaging. It concludes that China failed to comply with Article 11 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which defines packaging and labeling of tobacco products. … National implementation [in China] should require health warnings containing graphic images of diseased organs — which convey a powerful message. Tobacco companies in China should be forced by law to strengthen the health warnings on tobacco product packaging. People in China deserve no less” (4/19).

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