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What the Tobacco Companies Didn't Warn You About

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Published on Nov 16, 2012

http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2012/11/1315...
UCSF's Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, discusses the evolution of health warning labels on cigarette packs.

Health warning labels have adorned cigarette packages since 1966, when they first appeared in the United States. And in the decades since, they have spread steadily around the world -- in many instances, becoming more strongly worded, more prominently placed and more graphic over time.

According to a new study by UCSF researchers, the evolution of labeling laws country by country has proceeded in fits and starts, thanks largely to efforts by the tobacco industry to block their spread around the world from the start.

Using the 80 million pages of previously secret internal documents from major tobacco companies, the team developed a chronology of this half-century battle, which is described in an article published last month in the journal Tobacco Control.

Video by Jason Socrates Bardi
email: jason.bardi@ucsf.edu
twitter: @jasonbardi

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