New Zealand Considers
Graphic Images on Cigarette Packs Including Pictures of Throat Cancer
Rotting Teeth and Gums
May 10th 2006
New Zealand is considering putting strong pictures on cigarette packs
sold in their country in an effort to curb smoking. The Ministry of
Health is releasing a proposal that would include pictures of “harsh
evidence of the harms associated with smoking, including photos of
smokers with throat cancer, rotting teeth and gums and gangrenous
feet.” This is according to Auckland Radio Station NewsTalk ZB 89.
The Ministry is looking for feedback before they begin the health
warnings. There are other countries that have already included graphic
warnings on their cigarette packs. These countries include Canada,
Australia, Brazil and Thailand.
Many countries already provide written warnings on their cigarette
packs. Radio New Zealand reports that the Ministry believes graphic
warnings would be more effective than just written words.