June 19, 2024

Thailand Is Really Serious About Stamping Out Cigarettes

The first time you look at a carton of cigarettes in Thailand, you do a double take.  Is this a medical journal of really bad diseases or is this actually a carton of cigarettes?


I am not even sure what some of these pictures are but they are obviously related to smoking.


Maybe the government’s message is working.  Although cigarettes are freely available throughout the country, I did not notice very many Thais smoking during the weeks I have spent in Bangkok.  Whether or not the vivid messages on cigarette cartons are correlated to a decrease in smoking is tough to say, but if the gruesome pictures dissuade even a few youths from entering into what could become a lifetime of addiction, I would say that the pictures are working.

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