Anti-tobacco campaigners push for 70% health warning on cigarette packs

ISLAMABAD – The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) held a seminar on the highlight graphic health warnings for at least 70 percent of the cigarette pack area, a press release said. here Monday. Graphic warnings on cigarette packages are a proven and cost-effective measure to educate the masses and reduce tobacco consumption. Malik Imran, the national representative of CTFK, said that developed countries have succeeded in protecting their young people from smoking by introducing plain packaging for cigarette packs, while Pakistan is still under the influence of the tobacco industry . He urged the government to increase GHW to protect our children from tobacco.

Khalil Ahmed, program director, SPARC said that according to current law, the graphic health warning must be 60 percent of the package size. The size increase was announced in an ORS in 2017 which replaced the 2015 notification which would have increased the size to 85% of the package. “It is disappointing that the size of package warnings in Pakistan is still smaller than in other countries in the region. Nepal has 95% packet warning size, India is 85% while Sri Lanka has 80%. The graphic warning plays a vital role in deterring any potential smoker and also reflects a country’s commitment to public health policies, ”he added. Chromatic Trust CEO Shariq Mahmood Khan said adding warning labels like these with graphic representations of the negative health consequences of smoking could have prevented thousands of smoke-related deaths. they were approved as expected. Already 1200 children imitate tobacco daily in our country. Health warnings are important because they reduce the rate of use and the intention to quit smoking altogether, he said.

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