Health Tags to Go on Smokes

The Commerce Ministry has ordered tobacco companies operating in Cambodia to buy health warning stickers for cigarette packages.

A ministry official said since the order was issued Oct 8, four companies—British American Tobac­co Cambodia, Marlboro importer Heng Heng, Mild Seven maker Japan Tobacco and Cheng Seng

—have put down the required de­posit to buy four months worth of stickers, which run at 6,000 for $1.

Another eight companies have yet to comply, he said. Although the order said Tuesday was the deadline, the ministry official said companies have until January.

The Khmer-language sticker will read “Cigarette smoking is hazardous to your health,” ac­cording to the ministry order.

One health worker cautiously applauded the move.

“It would be a good start,” said Monica Spedding, a management adviser at Adventist Development and Relief Agency, which runs anti-smoking programs.

She added, however, that in the future it would be good if labels were broadened to include other warnings such as ones about the dangers of second-hand smoke.



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