9 Oct 2012

Health service wants larger warnings on tobacco products

9:17 pm on 9 October 2012

A regional public health service says people get more information on a cereal box than they do on cigarette packs and tobacco companies should be required to list all the ingredients on a card accompanying every product.

The Wellington service's senior adviser on tobacco, Shane Bradbrook, says it would come as a shock to some people to see that arsenic, cyanide, lead, ammonia and formaldehyde are in cigarettes.

In its submission on the Government's proposal to introduce plain packaging on all tobacco products, the service supports the move and says health warnings should be even larger.

Mr Bradbrook says if tobacco companies were forced to increase the overall size of health warnings, it would leave just 25% of a cigarette pack's front for a brand name.