Warnings do not deter German smokers

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17 November 2003 , HAMBURG - Drastic warnings about the health dangers of smoking are no deterrent to smokers, the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reports, citing the results of a survey it commissioned.

17 November 2003 

HAMBURG - Drastic warnings about the health dangers of smoking are no deterrent to smokers, the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reports, citing the results of a survey it commissioned.

The polling institute NFO-Infratest found that 79 percent of Germans questioned responded "not at all" when asked whether the warnings worried them. Sixteen per cent said "yes, somewhat" and only 4 percent said they felt "very" concerned by the warnings.

In addition, the warnings now being printed on cigarette packs in Germany are not seen as an incitement to quit smoking, the NFO- Infratest survey found.

To the question, "Will you stop smoking because of the warning?", came a "no" response from 82 percent. Thirteen percent said, "yes, perhaps", while only 5 percent said "yes".

Der Spiegel said that the survey results generally match those taken in other countries which began much earlier with printing strong health warnings on tobacco products. In fact, in the Netherlands turnover in tobacco has increased by a real 0.7 percent since the warnings began to be printed in May 2002.
DPA

Subject: German news

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