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Iran receives first graphic warnings on cigarette packages

Cigarette packs say: (top) Now you judge, (bottom) Death – Life.Iran’s battle against tobacco consumption took a step forward this month as the country received its first series of cigarette packages with health warning pictures.

The warnings come at an important time as World Health Organization statistics show that smoking rates are rising in Iran, despite the country’s efforts to reduce tobacco consumption since the 1990s.

Mauritius leads Africa with cigarette pack warnings

As of June 2009 cigarette packs in Mauritius will carry graphic warning images, making the country the first in Africa to introduce health warnings on cigarette packaging.

The warnings fall under Article 11 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control where Parties agree to adopt effective measures to ensure tobacco product packaging and labeling have large, clear health warnings and do not promote tobacco products in false, misleading or deceptive ways.