23 Feb '12, 4am

No more "light" and "mild" labels on cigarette packaging from next March

SINGAPORE - From March next year, words like "light', "low-tar" and "mild" will be banned from the packaging of tobacco products, while a new set of graphic warnings will replace current ones. Also, the maximum tar and nicotine yield levels in cigarettes will be reduced, and current labels indicating tar and nicotine yield levels on cigarette packaging will be replaced with new ones that inform smokers of chemicals other than tar and nicotine in a cigarette. These are among the changes that will come about following the amendments in 2010 to the Smoking (Control of Advertisements and Sale of Tobacco) Act. Explaining the changes, Health Promotion Board (HPB) CEO Ang Hak Seng said: "There is no evidence that 'light' and 'mild' cigarettes are any less harmful. Yet many smokers, who want to quit the habit but found it challenging, tend to switch to cigarettes with these descri...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC120223-0000140/No...

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