Yearly Archives: 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)

Ireland: Tobacco photo warnings move closer

May 13, 2008

Minister for Health and Children Ms Mary Harney is to introduce legislation to allow for combined text and photo warnings on tobacco products, it was announced today.

The European Commission indicated in the 2001 Directive on the Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco Products that it would adopt rules for the use of colour photographs to depict the health consequences of smoking…

Full article: The Irish Times (May 13, 2008)

Bahrain: Cigarette Packs May Display More Warnings In Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

April 9, 2008

A proposal being studied by the GCC Council for Anti-Smoking stipulates that all cigarette packs must have 50% of the packaging indicating statutory health warning with a mandatory font set to 14 on the surface.

Manama, Bahrain (AHN)- Cigarette companies may have to design new packets to enter the rich oil exporting Arab countries.

According to a proposal which the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries are in the process of finalizing, all cigarette packets must have 50 per cent of the packaging indicating statutory health warning with a mandatory font set to 14 on the surface.

Full article: All Headline News  (April 9, 2008)

New health warnings in Vietnam

March 19, 2008

More information on the harmful effect of smoking will be put on domestically-produced cigarettes beginning March 17, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Health.

The warnings will consist of pictures or words covering 30 percent of the surface of the package.Five warning messages will be used: “Smoking causes lung cancer”, “Smoking harms pregnant women and children”, “Smoking causes intra-cerebral hemorrhage”, “Smoking causes chronic obstructive lung disease”, and “Smokers will suffer halitosis and teeth decay”.

This move follows Viet Nam’s ratification of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. This convention  was adopted unanimously by the 56th World Health Assembly on May 21, 2003…


Full article: VietNamNet (March 18, 2008)

Graphic warnings on NZ packs

Feb 28, 2008

Graphic images of diseased lungs and rotting teeth and gums must be displayed on cigarette packets sold in New Zealand from tomorrow.

The gruesome displays are common overseas. Their introduction here is the latest move by the Government to try to turn people off smoking…

Full article: The New Zealand Herald (February 27, 2008)

India: Milder ‘warning’ pics on cigarette packs?

Feb 21, 2008

NEW DELHI: The Health Ministry’s plan to make gory pictorial warnings mandatory on all tobacco products is going up in smoke.

Dead against the ministry’s originally shortlisted photographs that depict cancerous tumours, rotting teeth and diseased throats, the department of audio visual publicity under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has now suggested three new photographs, all of them mild…

Full article: The Times of India (February 20, 2008)