Buddhists propose new warning for cigarette packets

TNA, Dec 18, 2004

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Cigarette packets across the world generally contain the same set of warnings, cautioning smokers that cigarettes can pose serious risks. But cigarette packets sold in Thailand could soon be printed with a uniquely Buddhist message: Don?t Donate To Monks.

Dr. Chakratham Thammasak, director of the National Buddhism Office, said today that he would propose to the government that temples were added to the government?s list of smoke-free zones, which already includes hair salons, restaurants and department stores.

He also urged the public not to donate tobacco to monks before the ban came into force, and said that he would propose that the following message be printed: ?Donating cigarette to Monks is a Sin? on cigarette packets, while encouraging monks addicted to smoking to enter free rehabilitation programmes.