|

Thailand Green Lights Larger Warning Labels on Cigarettes

A Thai vendor waits for customers near a case displaying packs of cigarettes on Friday, June 27, 2014. A new regulation now requires that these packs be 85 per cent covered by health warnings. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/thailand-now-requires-cigarette-warnings-to-cover-85-per-cent-of-packs-1.1888789#ixzz35qSglofX

A Thai vendor waits for customers near a case displaying packs of cigarettes on Friday, June 27, 2014. A new regulation now requires that these packs be 85 per cent covered by health warnings. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

 

BANGKOK – A court in Thailand has given the go-ahead to a new regulation requiring packs of cigarettes sold in the Southeast Asian country to be 85 per cent covered with graphic health warnings.

Public Health Ministry executive Dr. Nopporn Cheanklin said Friday that the change will take effect in September.

Currently, warnings illustrating the dangers of smoking must cover 55 per cent of each pack of cigarettes sold in Thailand. Last year, the health ministry issued a regulation increasing the level of coverage to 85 per cent. Tobacco giant Philip Morris and more than 1,400 Thai retailers sued, and a court temporarily suspended the order. On Friday, the Supreme Administrative Court ruled that the regulation can take effect

Opponents have argued that such warning labels are ineffective and put the burden on cigarette makers.

Comments

comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Short URL: http://www.chiangraitimes.com/?p=25073

Posted by on Jun 27 2014. Filed under Health. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Photo of White Beach in Boracay, Philippines

In Loving Memory of His Majesty the King

Photo of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Learning Thai with Jen