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MEPs back tougher health warnings on cigarette packets

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 06 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:7
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    European Union governments and members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are at loggerheads over a new range of health warnings which tobacco companies should be legally required to display on cigarette packets. The parliament last month approved over 30 changes to draft legislation on health warnings to try to increase their impact.

    The most significant changes would require packets to carry graphic photographs of blackened lungs and rotten teeth and ban the use of terms like “low tar,” “light,” and “mild.” They would increase …

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