Tobacco Company Questions Efficacy of Graphic Warnings
Are graphic images on cigarette packs the key to stopping smoking?
Graphic images on packs of cigarettes will do little to discourage people from smoking, according to a recent survey.
The government wants to increase the warnings on packs claiming it will lead to a reduction in smoking rates, however those opposed to the scheme say there is no evidence to support the claim.
In a survey of 600 people, about three-quarters (77 per cent) said graphic images on packs would have little or no effect on smoking in the community.
What they'd like to see is more money spent on anti-smoking campaigns targeting children and young people - that had support from 88 per cent of the people surveyed.
So who did the survey? British and American Tobacco in Australia.
John Galligan is the Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs for BATA, and he feels that there are a number of issues that could be more effective at addressing smoking in younger people, such as more education for retail sellers of tabacco products.