Japanese government officials are set to review regulations on warning messages on cigarette packets, in an effort to enhance public awareness of the health effects of smoking.
Officials at the finance ministry say they will set up a panel to study additional measures.
Currently there are 8 kinds of general warnings on diseases linked to smoking printed on the packages. The ministry will consider adding new kinds of warning texts.
Panel members will also study requiring tobacco manufacturers to enlarge the area on the packages where these warnings are displayed.
In 2003, the World Health Organization adopted a treaty calling for the printing of health warnings on cigarette packets. In response, several countries have since stepped up their regulations.
Source and image: NHK