Australia: New picture warnings

Nov 21, 2011

Australia has released draft regulations for new pictorial health warnings to be implemented in 2012. The draft regulations proposed two sets of seven health warnings for cigarette packages and five health warnings for cigar packages. The warnings would be required to cover 75% of the front and 90% of the back of cigarette packages. The proposal features warnings for blindness, death, lung cancer, mouth cancer, throat cancer, kidney and bladder cancer, gangrene, emphysema, gum and tooth damage, heart disease, stroke, harm to unborn babies, and harm to children from second hand smoke, as well as the benefits of quitting, and the “quitline” number on all packs. Images for the proposed warnings can be viewed here, while the complete Draft Regulations are available here.

Source: Product Safety Australia (November 14, 2011)