In places around the world that lack restrictions to combat the problem, tobacco companies are using marketing strategies aimed at children, like displaying tobacco products at kids’ eye level.
The proposed standard would lower the nicotine content in cigarettes and cigars by 95% – a public health proposal that could prevent millions from becoming smokers in the first place.
Australia has won a decisive victory against tobacco interests using trade deals to challenge plain packaging laws. But don’t expect that to deter similar threats against other nations.
With the advent of novel tobacco products and the tobacco industry falsely marketing them as less harmful, the adage “prevention is better than cure” has never been more important.
The study found that ex-smokers had four times the amount of “normal” protective cells than smokers.
Ghana is the latest country in Africa to mandate the use of pictures on cigarette packages to convey health warnings.