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Cigarette packets to come with graphic warnings from tomorrow

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

Published 31/01/2013 | 16:27

31/01/2013A display of new graphic photo warnings for tobacco products in the Royal Hibernian Gallery , Dublin. From the 1st of February 2013 1st of February, tobacco manufacturers placing cigarettes onto the Irish market will be required to display the new graphic images on their packaging. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
The Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly (right) and the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan

ALL cigarette packets produced for the Irish market from tomorrow will carry graphic pictures of the damage smoking can do to your health.

Health Minister James Reilly today revealed the images, which included photographs of rotten teeth, blackened lungs, and throat tumours.

Dr Reilly says research shows one in four smokers wants to kick the habit after seeing the graphic shots.

It will take up to a year for all existing cigarette stock to be cleared from shops and replaced with the new packs. The minister also said the introduction of entirely unbranded packets is his next priority.

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