New constituent warnings in Thailand

Aug 22, 2011

New “constituent” warnings have been announced by the Thai Ministry of Health. The new regulations will require tobacco companies to print information on both lesser surfaces (i.e., the “sides”) of cigarette packages, occupying 60% of each side surface area.

The 10 different labels are as follows:

1. Tobacco smoke contains poison: Hydrogen cyanide.
2. Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco smoke.
3. Tobacco smoke contains poison: Carbon Monoxide.
4. Tobacco smoke contains the carcinogen, Formaldehyde.
5. Tobacco smoke contains the carcinogen, Benzopyrene.
6. Tobacco smoke is the most important poison in the home.
7. Tobacco smoke contains a radioactive substance, Polonium 210.
8. Tobacco smoke contains the carcinogen, Nitrosamine.
9. Tobacco smoke contains more than 250 poisons.
10. Tobacco smoke is the most important human carcinogen.

Each label shall be rotated on every 5,000 cigarettes packages and on every 500 cigarette cartons.

The new regulation was published in the Royal Gazette on July 28, 2011 and will be effective on January 28, 2012.

Source: Action on Smoking and Health Foundation Thailand (August 22, 2011)