Graphic Health Warnings Are Written On Cigarettes To Convince Smokers To Quit
By Yimin Huang, 03 Oct 2019
There have been many attempts to reduce smoking in Australia, from tax increases, to advertorials, increased regulations and images of health problems resulting from smoking depicted on cigarette packs.
Recently, researchers from James Cook University have another idea, believing warnings on individual cigarettes can further reduce the smoking rate.
Tobacco researcher Dr Aaron Drovandi explained that warnings related to smoking, such as “minutes of life lost” per cigarette use and the hefty price of the pack can present valuable information and also make the prospect of smoking “less appealing.”
The team from James Cook University has come up with models of cigarettes with the warning messages written on them. Some messages include the cost of cigarettes per year, and a question on what smokers could buy instead with the same sum of money.
Dr Drovandi proposed printing the Australian quitting hotline 13 QUIT on the cigarettes. He told 10 Daily that “the majority” of people who smoke would like to quit but found it difficult to kick the habit.
He also believed younger people would have a more instinctual reaction to the graphic images of health problems caused by smoking, while older smokers might not be affected as much.
He emphasized that dissuading younger people who have yet begun to smoke might be the most effective way to improve “public health.”
Warnings on individual cigarettes are coming!— PronounceItRight (@PronounceRight) October 2, 2019
It could force smokers to be mindful of each and every cigarette.
OR it's the next big contest, smoking 15 minutes of life in 7 seconds or less...#smoking #cigarettes #Mindfulness https://t.co/vEmzhnDSbO pic.twitter.com/uTXZd2HvXe
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