Saturday, April 21, 2018
Business

More countries adding graphic warnings to smokes

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia became the latest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs on Tuesday, joining about 40 nations or territories that have adopted similar regulations in recent years. The warnings, which showcase gruesome, closeup images ranging from rotting teeth and cancerous lungs to open tracheotomy holes and corpses, are an effort to highlight the health risks of smoking.

Research suggests these images have prompted people to quit, but the World Health Organization estimates nearly 6 million people continue to die globally each year from smoking-related causes. The tobacco industry has fought government efforts to introduce or increase the size of graphic warnings in some countries.

Here are a few countries where pictorial health warnings have made headlines:

Indonesia

The law: 40 percent of the pack covered by graphic photos.

Timing: Deadline to be on the shelves was Tuesday.

Background: Many companies missed the deadline. Indonesia, a country of about 240 million, has the world's highest rate of male smokers at 67 percent and the second-highest rate overall. Its government is among the few that has not signed a World Health Organization treaty on tobacco control.

Australia

The law: No brand logos permitted; graphic health warnings required on 75 percent of the front and 90 percent of the back.

Timing: Plain packaging law went into effect in 2012.

Background: Australia became the first country to mandate packs with no brand logo or colors. Packs are solid brown and covered in large, graphic warnings. Companies fought the law, but the country's highest court upheld it. Recent figures show cigarette consumption down about 5 percent from last year.

United States

The law: No graphic pictures on packs.

Timing: The government stepped away from a legal battle with companies in March 2013.

Background: After the tobacco industry sued, a Food and Drug Administration order to include the graphic labels was blocked last year by an appeals court, which ruled the photos violated First Amendment free speech protections. The government opted not to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court but will instead develop new warnings.

Philippines

The law: Graphic warning legislation approved this month requires 50 percent of the bottom of the pack to be covered by graphic warnings.

Timing: Legislation awaits the president's signature.

Background: The Philippines is expected to join a handful of other countries that put graphic warnings at the bottom of their packs, meaning they are not visible when displayed on store shelves. Anti-smoking advocates say labels on the bottom of packs are less effective.

Uruguay

The law: Graphic warnings cover 80 percent of packs.

Timing: Regulations implemented in 2010.

Background: Uruguay, a leader in strict tobacco controls, mandated the largest graphic warnings ever in 2010. One of the labels depicts a person smoking a battery to show that cigarettes contain the toxic metal cadmium. Philip Morris International sued Uruguay over the law, and the case is pending.

Associated Press

Comments
Some people are paying for cuddles. And it’s not what you might think.

Some people are paying for cuddles. And it’s not what you might think.

When Samantha Hess’s marriage ended five years ago, she felt she was lacking a basic human need: Physical touch. As a woman in her late 20s living in Portland, Oregon, she found plenty of men interested in dating, but sexual contact was not what she ...
Published: 04/21/18
Judge: Foreclosure defense lawyer Mark Stopa violated numerous rules of conduct

Judge: Foreclosure defense lawyer Mark Stopa violated numerous rules of conduct

Tampa Bay foreclosure defense lawyer Mark Stopa has violated numerous rules of professional conduct and caused two clients to nearly lose their homes because he failed to tell them about settlement offers from their banks. Those were among the prelim...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/21/18
Goodwill to open second store in greater Brandon

Goodwill to open second store in greater Brandon

Times staffThe greater Brandon area will celebrate the grand opening of its second Goodwill store beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday (April 28) at 1407 U.S. 301. The new store will add another 12,000 square feet to the complex, which includes a 200,000-...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/21/18
Regulators allow major solar company to lease home equipment

Regulators allow major solar company to lease home equipment

State regulators Friday determined that one of the country’s largest residential solar companies, San Francisco-based Sunrun, is allowed to lease solar energy equipment for homes in Florida. The decision, solar energy advocates say, could open the do...
Published: 04/20/18
Florida unemployment at 3.9 percent for sixth straight month

Florida unemployment at 3.9 percent for sixth straight month

For the sixth month running, Florida’s unemployment rate held at a nearly 11-year low of 3.9 percent in March as steady job gains continued. While many factors kept Florida’s economy chugging along, three industries stand out for leading year-over-ye...
Published: 04/20/18
Owners say new house is a disaster; developer accuses them of ‘online terrorism’

Owners say new house is a disaster; developer accuses them of ‘online terrorism’

ST. PETERSBURG --- Stretched across the front of Tim and Hyun Kims’ two-year-old house is a big banner with the name of a developer and the words: "I have to fix my new house."Some of what needs fixing is instantly apparent. The front steps are too ...
Published: 04/20/18
Florida hits a milestone: More than 100,000 people are registered to use medical marijuana here

Florida hits a milestone: More than 100,000 people are registered to use medical marijuana here

Florida has hit a milestone of sorts as it slowly moves toward wider availability of medical marijuana.The number of patients in the state who are registered to use the substance has surpassed 100,000 for the first time, according to Florida Departme...
Published: 04/20/18
Q&A: Walmart leader chats about Florida stores, and the chain’s latest retail strategy

Q&A: Walmart leader chats about Florida stores, and the chain’s latest retail strategy

The Tampa Bay Times recently sat down with Walmart director of corporate communications Phillip Keene to chat about the retail giant’s latest retail strategies and how the company is winning over customers in a competitive market.Already, two of the ...
Published: 04/20/18
SunTrust warns 1.5 million clients of potential data breach

SunTrust warns 1.5 million clients of potential data breach

Associated PressNEW YORK — SunTrust Banks Inc. says accounts for 1.5 million clients could be compromised following a potential data breach. The Atlanta bank says that it became aware of the potential theft by a former employee and that the investiga...
Published: 04/20/18
Spring break, hurricane relief boosted Tampa Bay hotels in March

Spring break, hurricane relief boosted Tampa Bay hotels in March

The Tampa Bay area’s hotel occupancy rate rose to 87.5 percent in March, the highest level in three years. The rise was fueled by spring break vacationers as well as insurance adjusters and hurricane cleanup crews flooding the state to restore it aft...
Published: 04/20/18