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WHO urges more countries to adopt large graphic health warnings on tobacco products

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4237 (Published 07 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4237
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

More countries need to introduce large graphic health warnings on packages of tobacco and launch hard hitting media campaigns, both of which have proved highly effective at reducing tobacco use, says a report by the World Health Organization.

“We urge all countries to follow best practices for reducing tobacco consumption,” said Ala Alwan, WHO’s assistant director general for non-communicable diseases and mental health. “We are pleased that more and more people are being adequately warned . . . At the same time we can’t be satisfied that the majority of countries are doing nothing or not enough.”

WHO says that tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, of whom more than five million will be users and former users and …

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