Tag Archives: Warning Labels

Plain Packaging

The latest in our series “Tobacco & Twenty-somethings”, by Stacy Song

Have you seen or heard about the cigarette warning labels in Australia? One of my friends just got back from studying abroad “down under” and told me about the labels they use. This packaging is termed “plain packaging” and it involves the majority of the pack to be covered in health warning leaving only a small space for the brand of the cigarette. Australia has the strictest tobacco advertising laws, requiring cigarette companies to strip their labels for graphic images of the negative outcomes of tobacco smoking. You can view the labels here, and will probably not be able to stop yourself from cringing. Australia, however, is not the only country with images used as warning labels. 64 countries and jurisdictions already require pictures or images on cigarette packs. Read More »

Warning: Thailand still far from smokefree

Over the course of the last two weeks, I travelled throughout Thailand. Along the way, I met several fellow Canadians and over the course of conversation people always ask what I do now that I live in Los Angeles. As soon as I mention that I work for the American Lung Association in California, they immediately made one or both of the following comments: Read More »

Tobacco Around the World: New Zealand

I spent a month in New Zealand earlier this year, and when I wasn’t out in the bush on various treks, I noticed how NZ handles smokers and smoking. (Note for trekkers, the Milford Track in the Southern Alps on the South Island is awesome.)  The most visible evidence of NZ tobacco control efforts is the packaging.  About a third of the front panel of cartons and individual packs are covered with full color, grotesque photos accompanied by warnings: Read More »