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Philip Morris Wins Small Victory in Thailand

30 August 2013

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has won a temporary victory in its fight to keep larger health warnings off cigarettes for sale in Thailand. The company praised a court’s decision to temporarily suspend an Oct. 2 government deadline requiring new labels on the dangers of smoking to cover 85 percent of a cigarette package. The requirement now is for 55 percent. Bangkok-based Philip Morris spokeswoman Onanong Pratakphiriya said such warning labels were not effective. About 50,000 people die from smoking-related diseases each year in the Southeast Asian nation of about 65 million people.—AP

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