People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- March 12, 2013
The Framework Convention Alliance has congratulated the Government of Thailand for creating the world's largest graphic health warnings on cigarette packages.
The warnings will cover 85 percent of the front and back of packages when they come into effect six months after being printed in the Government's gazette (roughly in October).
"I would like to sincerely congratulate Your Excellency for your firm commitment to strengthen health warnings on cigarette packages in Thailand. The new graphic health warnings will lead the world and further protect public health," wrote FCA Director Laurent Huber to Thai Minister of Health H.E. Dr. Pradith Sinthawanarong.
"Increasing the size of pictorial warnings from 55 percent to 85 percent will help create greater awareness of the harms of smoking, reduce the number of smokers, prevent youth from starting, enhance public health, and in the long run save on health care costs," added Laurent.
The tobacco industry is expected to strongly oppose implementation of the new warnings. In February the Thai Tobacco Trade Association (funded by industry giant Philip Morris) objected to the larger warnings in a letter to the Ministry of Health.
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