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Cigarette Package Health Warnings and Interest in Quitting Smoking --- 14 Countries, 2008--2010

Wednesday, June 8, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Weekly. May 27, 2011 / 60(20);645-651.

This report was the first to include all 14 countries that participated in the Global Adult Tobacco Survey between 2008 and 2010. These countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, the Russian Federation, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vietnam. All GATS countries had warning labels describing harmful effects of smoking on cigarette packages at the time of the survey. Findings indicated that health warnings on cigarette packages prompt smokers to think about quitting. Authors noted that effective warning labels as a component of comprehensive tobacco control can help save lives by reducing tobacco use. More than 90% of men who smoke manufactured cigarettes in 12 of the 14 countries reported noticing a package warning. The other two countries are India (78.4%) and Mexico (83.5%). More than 90% of women cigarette smokers in seven of the 14 countries reported noticing a package warning, and at least 75 percent in 12 of the 14 countries reported noticing a package warning. The other two countries are China (60.1%) and India (18.9). Among smokers who noticed a warning, the percentage of those who thought of quitting because of the warning was greater than 50% in six of the 14 countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam; and was greater than 25% in most other countries.

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