European Commission will look at which pictures work best to help smokers quit

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 01 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1351
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    The European Commission is planning a new study aimed at developing better graphic images to warn of the damaging effects of tobacco, in a bid to encourage more European Union countries to put the pictures on cigarette packets.

    Haravgi-Nina Papadoulaki, spokeswoman for the EC’s commissioner for health and consumer protection, Philippe Brunet, said that, although the commission developed a library of pictorial health warnings in 2005, only three European Union member states have started putting the images on cigarette packets: the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Latvia.

    The commission has already asked researchers to submit proposals for the new …

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