Friday, 24 November 2017

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Stripping The Deadly Box

World No Tobacco Day

31/05/2016 - For World No Tobacco Day, World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on countries to get ready for plain (standardised) packaging of tobacco products.

Tobacco packaging is a mobile billboard promoting consumption of tobacco products. Tobacco packaging makes products more attractive, advertises and promotes tobacco consumption, distracts from health warnings and deceives people into thinking that some products are less harmful than others.

If you strip back the decoration, gloss and misleading elements of tobacco packaging, you are left with little more than a box of deadly and addictive products that kills approximately six million people a year and harms the health of many more. Plain packaging helps reveal the grim reality of tobacco products.

Plain packaging of tobacco products is an important demand reduction measure. It reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of advertising, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

World No Tobacco Day

In December 2012, Australia became the first country to implement fully tobacco plain packaging. It is now possible to observe the globalisation of plain packaging. France, Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have all passed laws requiring implementation of plain packaging from May 2016. Other countries are at an advanced stage of the policy process.

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