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Cancer experts want shock photos on cigarette packs

The Local · 28 Aug 2011, 11:23

Published: 28 Aug 2011 11:23 GMT+02:00

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“The government must finally act,” Martina Pötschke-Langer, a cancer researcher in Heidleberg, told Der Tagesspiegel newspaper on Sunday.

She said it was scientifically proven that warning labels supported by such images are especially effective in preventing young people from smoking.

The drug expert for the centre-left Social Democrats, Angelika Graf, said she supported the idea, but according to the government’s drug office there are no such plans to put such pictures on cigarette packages.

Germany is instead waiting for guidelines from the European Union, according to the federal office dealing with drug issues.

Graphic photos of the effects of smoking are already on cigarette packages in Belgium, France and Great Britain, according to the German Cancer Research Centre.

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15:15 August 28, 2011 by catjones
Smoking is a habit that many people have broken...because they wanted to. If you don't want to quit then no amount or kinds of pictures will change that.
16:35 August 28, 2011 by Dayzee
Couldn't agree with you more Catjones. I used to smoke, although not regularly, but none-the-less still smoked for a number of years and then, just this year, decided to give it up for my new years resolution...just like that. I have not had one since either even though there were times where I said " I would really love to have one" , I still stuck to my guns.

It is moreso a instance of mind over matter. I hear many people around me giving the typical excuses of wanting to quit, but not doing so including "if I quit, I will just gain weight and i am trying to lose" among other excuses....Funny enough I have lost 5kilos(10lbs) since the beginning of this year.....
17:00 August 28, 2011 by marimay
It could still help to deter stupid kids, though. haha
19:01 August 28, 2011 by taiwanluthiers
It's already implemented in Taiwan, cigarette sales hasn't gone down because of that.
01:43 August 29, 2011 by ovalle3.14
So much trouble... to sell a product but by all means try to persuade the public not to buy it.

I can't $ee the $en$e in $uch a thing.
02:55 August 29, 2011 by yourholiness
Good idea. Smoking is a hard habit to break for many and people need all the help they can get.
03:14 August 29, 2011 by reinertj
We have had these sort of photos on packets here in Australia for years with no effect. Except an increase in the sales of nice holders.

Now we are moving to plain packaging! Cigarettes are not allowed to be displayed in shops, they are hidden behind a screen with only the price on view.

Effect on the buying public, almost nil.

It is almost as if smoking is now seen as an act of rebellion against the paternalistic state.
04:06 August 29, 2011 by Pille17
I moved to australia from germany and after two months I gave up smoking...apparently they are doing something right here . Maybe it's just because the cigarettes are much more expensive here.
08:01 August 29, 2011 by liamdavid007
I moved to Australia from Munich 8 years ago. I am a smoker. The cigartette packaging here contans written warnings and a variety of gruesome pictures, however they do not stop me from smoking in the slightest. What does affect my purchasing behaviour is the high financial cost of smoking and the newly introduced law of shop keepers/supermarkets having to cover the shelves of cigarettes with sliding doors, so as they are completely out of view. Let me not fail to mention the truly shocking Government advertising of people coughing up blood or gooey-grey sludge (tar) being squeezed out of a sponge by hand (lungs) or an abandoned child at a train station, watching him cry, with the message 'If you wouldn't leave your child abandoned for 5 minutes, then why would you kill yourself due to smoking, which would leave him abandoned for life'. People here do frown on you for being a smoker here; the children are told from an early age that smoking is very bad for you. So this does make you feel uncomfortable to smoke around others (and rightly so). No longer is it 'gemuetlich' to light up after a good meal at home or in a restaurant. So in summary I do agree with the varied Governement's attempts but those 'silly' packaging attempts, are not that effective. Interesting to note is that the detrimental effects of smoking just seems to have been just replaced by obesity - both life threatening (albeit just to yourself) and with a great cost burden on the Government. Humans are just not perfect, I guess.
19:04 August 29, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
catjones said it best - people only quit something if they want to quit. If they have the disease of addiction, however, that's a different story...but I've never heard of cigarettes being "abused" like other drugs are. Why isn't there a larger crusade towards alcohol? That is more dangerous by far, and it changes your state of consciousness, making the drinker do stupid, unhealthy things. Alcohol is worse in my opinion, but we never hear anything negative about it. Wonder why?
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