Graphic photographs on cigarette packs may persuade more people to quit smoking
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Carál Ní Chuilín has said that new images highlighting the dangers of smoking to be printed on tobacco products sold by the end of 2009 may go some way in helping persuade more people to quit smoking.
Ms Ní Chuilín said:
"The introduction of the smoking ban in April there appears to have had an immediate impact on the culture of smoking.
"It has certainly improved the working environment and social settings in restaurants and bars and its implementation has gone a lot smoother than first thought. I believe that it has also helped persuade many smokers to at least cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke or even quit the habit.
"The initiative of printing new images highlighting the dangers of smoking on tobacco products is another part of the jigsaw in getting the message out there that smoking can kill, can cause cancer and serious respiratory problems. It hasw been a huge success elsewhere.
"The photos show, graphically, the effects that smoking has on the body and in particular the damage it does to the vital organs. If these photos persuade even a small percent of people to give up smoking or stop young people taking up the habit then this will be an initiative worth taking." ENDS