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)