New health warnings in Vietnam

March 19, 2008

More information on the harmful effect of smoking will be put on domestically-produced cigarettes beginning March 17, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Health.

The warnings will consist of pictures or words covering 30 percent of the surface of the package.Five warning messages will be used: “Smoking causes lung cancer”, “Smoking harms pregnant women and children”, “Smoking causes intra-cerebral hemorrhage”, “Smoking causes chronic obstructive lung disease”, and “Smokers will suffer halitosis and teeth decay”.

This move follows Viet Nam’s ratification of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. This convention  was adopted unanimously by the 56th World Health Assembly on May 21, 2003…

 

Full article: VietNamNet (March 18, 2008)