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Taiwan's cigarettes to get new warning labels

Staff writer |
Beginning June 1, cigarette packets in Taiwan will carry new warnings, in the hope that they will be more effective than the current pictures, health authorities said.

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The Health Promotion Administration under the Ministry of Health and Welfare said the change was made based on findings that smokers tend not to look at the current warnings because they are too scary, said Feng Tzung-yi, director of the Health Promotion Administration.

Currently, cigarette packets in Taiwan carry one of six images of diseased organs, including cancerous lungs and mouth.

The eight new warning images are less direct and include three that are used in the European Union, one of them showing a shriveled apple that symbolizes the adverse effects of smoking on human skin-

Another image shows a child wearing a breathing mask, suggesting the risk of second-hand smoke to children.

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