Mandatory Graphic Warnings for Cigarette Packaging Decided

  • Arirang News

    June 23, 2016 11:09

    Korea will mandate the use of graphic images on cigarette packs starting December in a bid to discourage smoking.

    The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced on Wednesday it has finalized selecting the images as well as the written warnings to be displayed on cigarette packages.

    Among the selected images are explicit depictions of diseases associated with smoking such as lung cancer, as well as other health risks including rapid skin aging and sexual dysfunction. The graphic imagery and words will fill half of the front and back of every cigarette pack.

    Electronic cigarettes and other alternatives will also carry the images and warnings.

    The graphic warnings on cigarette packaging have been implemented in more than 100 countries around the globe.

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