Warn­ing on cig­a­rette packs isn’t work­ing: WHO

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Health warn­ings on cig­a­rette pack­ages in China have failed to raise pub­lic aware­ness of the dan­gers of smok­ing, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The re­port, re­leased by the WHO and the In­ter­na­tional Tobacco Con­trol Pol­icy Eval­u­a­tion Project, shows that us­ing large, pic­to­rial health warn­ings would sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease pub­lic aware­ness of the dan­gers as­so­ci­ated with smok­ing.

China has the world’s largest num­ber of smok­ers — 28 per­cent of the coun­try’s 1 bil­lion adults are smok­ers. More than 3,000 Chi­nese die ev­ery day — or more than 1 mil­lion each year — from smok­ingre­lated ill­nesses.

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