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Cigarette package warnings may be made bigger in size

The Ministry of Health and Welfare is considering an expansion in the size of visual warnings on cigarette packs so they take up 75 percent of the surface from the current 50 percent.

The ministry announced Monday that it will start taking public comments on the matter from Tuesday through Sept. 28. The measure is part of a government drive to create disincentives for smoking, it added.

Currently law requires health warning labels to occupy up to 50 percent of the front and back of a pack.

By Song Kyoung-son

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