Monthly Archives: June 2008

Egypt fights smoking culture with stark warnings

June 18, 2008

Starting Aug. 1, 2008, Egypt will implement pictorial health warnings, a major step in Egypt’s anti-smoking campaign


CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Offering a cigarette is as common as a handshake in Egypt, where the culture of smoking is so entrenched that patients and friends sometimes light up in hospital rooms. But now, the government is finally getting serious about the health risks, launching a new campaign of stark visual warnings about tobacco’s dangers.

Starting Aug. 1, cigarette labels in Egypt will be required to carry images of the effects of smoking: a dying man in an oxygen mask, a coughing child, and a limp cigarette symbolizing impotence…

Full article: Associated Press (June 16, 2008)

Pakistan: Health warning regulations on tobacco products to be amended

June 9, 2008

ISLAMABAD, June 8 (APP): The Ministry of Health has planned toamend the national regulations regarding printing of health warnings on tobaccoproducts to meet all the requirements of Framework Convention for Tobacco Control(FCTC).

According to official sources, with effect from January 1, 2009 the health warning on tobacco products will be required to be rotated on a 6-monthly basis…

Full article: Associated Press of Pakistan (June 9, 2008)

New images on Brazilian packs

June 2, 2008

On May 27th, the Brazilian Ministry of Health introduced the new images that will be rotated on cigarette package warning labels as well as in point of 

sales advertisements.  This is Brazil’s third round of images and was developed based on research with men and women in the 18-24 year-old age
group from different educational backgrounds.  The research helped the Ministry of Health develop Brazil’s most aversion-generating images to date…

Link to Brazilian National Cancer Institute report (in Portugese)