Proposal to require plain packaging, increasing the size of health warning on tobacco product packets.
Some countries passed legislation, introducing the plain cigarette packaging in order to lessen the young one’s from using it.
Laws have met with fierce opposition from the powerful tobacco lobby.
A global conference held to introduce plain packaging, joined by ministers from 10 countries, Paris, Monday.
The conference aim to reduce the high rates of young people using cigarettes.
According to French Health Minister Marisol Touraine, the aim was “a world without tobacco” and that “the generation that is born today should be a generation without tobacco”.
From reviewed evidence, committee concluded plain packaging could be a good start in overall strategy reducing cigarette consumption.
This plain packaging or the standardized packaging, requires removal of all brand colors, imaginary, logos, and trademarks.
In addition to health warning, manufacturers of cigarettes permitted to print only brand name with authorized font, size and proper place in the pack.
Packaging of cigarettes is standardized, thus, legal mandate information including toxic component and tax-paid stamps.
In a joint statement, Representatives from nations as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Uruguay saying that “significant scientific proof justified … plain cigarette packaging”.
One of the highest rates under-16 smokers in Europe is France. In connection, Touraine announced to banned in playgrounds and in cars with passengers under 12.
By using cigarettes, one person dies every six seconds, of about six million each year according to World Health Organization,.
Studies shown that the rate of young smokers dropped following the introduction of plain packaging in Australia.
Australia so far is the only country mandates of plain packaging, enacted law in 2012.
Cancer Council Australia showed evidence, introduction of plain packaging reduce youth uptake
This plain cigarette packaging introduced in other countries including Ireland and United Kingdom, mandating plain packs from May 2016, sell non-plain packs in these countries from May 2017 is illegal.
Cigarettes with brand compared to plain packaging, found significantly less attractive based on studies. IMAGE/www.freemalaysiatoday.com