Yearly Archives: 2008

India: Pictorial warning on tobacco items not during UPA tenure

Dec 5, 2008

Chennai (IANS): Admitting defeat in ensuring pictorial health warnings on packets of cigarettes and other tobacco products, India’s Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss Saturday said the decision has been deferred by at least six months — by when the current United Progressive Alliance government would have finished its term.

Earlier the pictorial health warnings were supposed to come into force by Dec 1 (Monday) but following deferment of the decision, they can only be expected to come by June next year…

Full article: The Hindu (November 30, 2008)

Brunei: Tobacco Labelling Comes Into Force

Dec 5, 2008

The Tobacco Labelling Regulation in Brunei came into effect on December 1, 2008 and all cigarette and tobacco product packages are now required to have pictorial health warnings.


Bandar Seri Begawan – The Ministry of Health informed yesterday that the Tobacco Regulation (Labelling) 2007 has come into force from Dec 1, 2008, which requires all cigarette and tobacco product packets sold in the country to have pictorial warning labels.

The prohibition notice of selling the products to those aged 18 years and below and the level of tar and nicotine contents must also be printed on the packets…

Full article: BruDirect (December 2, 2008)

UK: Stark health warning reignite plain pack debate


Nov 7, 2008

Last month a new law came into effect requiring cigarette packs to display graphic images in a bid to drive home the habit’s harmful effects. But how will this affect the packaging industry, asks Simeon Goldstein

Rotting lungs, throat cancer and a drooping cigarette are among the images selected by the Department of Health to appear on tobacco packaging in a bid to get the UK’s smokers – some 22% of the population – to “face their demons”. From 1 October, all new tobacco packaging will replace the written warnings that were introduced in 2003 with one of the graphic images. The images have to cover at least 30% of the front and 70% of the back of the pack…

Full Article: Packaging News (November 4, 2008)

China: Cigarette packets should have picture warnings: Experts

Oct 15, 2008

Health experts in China claim that using text warnings isn’t effective enough and that the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration needs to administer pictorial health warnings.

China must use graphic picture warnings and expand health messages on cigarette packs to alert more people to the dangers of smoking, according to health experts.

The country is scheduled to introduce new cigarette pack designs next year with “bigger, clearer warnings”, according to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control..

Full Article: China Daily (October 10, 2008)

Cigarette packs need to have horrific graphics to deter teens

Sept 5, 2008

OTTAWA – Graphic health warnings need to cover almost the entire surface of cigarette packages if they are to become more effective in convincing smokers to kick the deadly habit, new Health Canada research found.


The department set out to find out whether increasing the warning size from the current level – 50% of the panel’s surface – to 75, 90 or 100% of cigarette packages would have a greater effect on smokers…

Full article: Canwest News Service (September 3, 2008)

New Zealand: Graphic warnings on cigarettes now compulsory

August 29 2008

Graphic warnings on cigarettes now compulsory

It is now compulsory for all tobacco products to show graphic health warnings, Associate Health Minister Damien O’Connor said today.

New regulations introduced in February require graphic images including gangrenous toes, diseased lungs, smoking damaged hearts and rotting teeth and gums to appear on all tobacco products…

Full article: Scoop Independent News (August 29, 2008)

Phillipines: Graphic health warnings may make smokers quit, says study

Aug 18, 2008

BANGKOK—Graphic warnings on cigarette packs may just do the trick in convincing Filipino smokers to kick the habit.

Ninety-six percent of Filipino smokers said graphic health warnings would most likely make them quit compared to bland text warnings, according to a recent study of the Council on Tobacco for Health and Air of the Philippine College of Chest Physicians…

Full article: Global Nation (August 14, 2008)

Saudi Arabia: Call to print awareness pictures on cigarette packs

July 11, 2008

JEDDAH: The Anti-Smoking and Narcotics Association in the Makkah province will call on the authorities to force cigarette manufacturers to include on packets pictures depicting the effects of smoking-related diseases.

“We will send an official letter to both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Commerce to speed up the process of including awareness pictures on cigarette packs,” said Abdullah Seruji, executive director of the association…

Full article: Arab News (July 7, 2008)

Canada: Impact of graphic anti-smoking photos burning out

July 11, 2008

Graphic warnings on Canadian cigarette packages are starting to lose their effectiveness as a recent poll shows that 57% of smokers are unmoved by the graphic warnings

OTTAWA – Graphic health warnings on cigarette packages are failing to move the majority of smokers to quit, a new government survey has found.

Over the last five years, the percentage of smokers who say the warnings are ineffective at getting them to try to kick the habit has increased, according to the newly released Health Canada poll…

Full article: Canwest News Service (July 4, 2008)