WARNINGS ON CIGARETTE PACKS

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(0716 CR M04)WARNINGS ON CIGARETTE PACKS DATELINE: July 16, 2011 LENGTH: 00:01:47 PKG INTRO Health experts are urging China to print large warning pictures on cigarette packs. The country has the world's largest number of smokers. China Report has the details. PKG The call came a week after the World Health Organization issued a report on the global tobacco epidemic earlier this month. A WHO official says that in China, only about 23 percent of adults believe that tobacco can cause stroke, heart attack and lung cancer. And under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the consequences of smoking must be clearly and strikingly stated on tobacco packaging. It also says that the words and pictures take up no less than 30 percent of the entire packaging space. China signed on the convention in 2003. The specific article of the convention on packaging and labeling was supposed to take effect in January 2009, in China. However, there are no warning pictures and speci Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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