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It is enormously helpful when researchers consider new, not-yet-tried
tobacco control interventions (such as this study's consideration of
warning messages on cigarette sticks), especially when researchers figure
out effective ways to evaluate the not-yet-tried interventions.
Some additional possibilities related to new warnings or pack changes
that might be considered:
(1) Put instructions for use in...
(1) Put instructions for use in all cigarette packs that instruct
smokers (with explanations) about how they can minimize the harms and
risks to themselves and to others from their consumption of the
cigarettes, such as:
-- Do not smoke the cigarettes
-- Do not smoke near anyone else
-- Do not smoke in enclosed spaces
-- Do not smoke by inhaling
-- If inhaled, inhale as shallowly as possible
-- Do not smoke more than a few puffs of each cigarette (or do not
smoke more than halfway)
-- Do not smoke in bed or when tired
-- Make sure all smoked cigarettes are fully extinguished before
-- Discard of all cigarettes carefully (do not litter, do not discard
in waterways, do not leave where children or pets might consume).
(2) Make one cigarette in each pack a rolled-up scroll of information
or instructions for use for smokers (which would also reduce the number of
cigarettes that could be smoked in each pack, perhaps reducing
(3) Audio warnings that play each time a pack is opened or a
cigarette is extracted (now possible with available technologies).