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World Health Conference endorses cigarette package warnings

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Meeting in Pattaya last week, more than 1,000 health officials from around the world endorsed Thailand’s stepped up efforts to discourage smoking—particularly among youth. 

At the 21st World Conference on Health Promotion, Dr. Michael Sparks, chairman, said, “Half a century of research has shown that tobacco is the single most lethal product available legally in the world. It kills six million each year. It is the responsibility of a nation’s government to regulate tobacco product and protect the health of its population.” Sparks, president of the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), sponsoring the conference, reported that the conference committee and more than 1,000 delegates from 81 countries strongly support the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand to have strong measures to protect Thai children and youth from tobacco addiction. Increasing pictorial warnings from 55 to 85 percent is a fundamental measure to educate the public on the danger of tobacco use which multiplies the...

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