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No photographs of cancerous lungs will be printed on cigarette packages in the Netherlands for the time being.

11 January 2008

AMSTERDAM – No photographs of cancerous lungs will be printed on cigarette packages in the Netherlands for the time being. Public Health Minister Ab Klink (Christian democrat CDA) first wants to look into whether the measure actually works in other European countries. Klink has written this to Parliament.

For the time being Klink wants to concentrate on other anti-smoking measures, like banning smoking in the hospitality industry and sport club canteens as of 1 July. He also wants more support for people who are trying to quit.

Klink does believe that photos of infected lungs could in fact encourage more people to quit smoking. The European Union would like member states to make these photos obligatory. That has been the case in Belgium since last year.

[Copyright Expatica News 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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