plain packing of tobacco product urged04 June, 2016 04:09
Global public health bodies have called upon countries on the World No Tobacco Day, Tuesday, to join Australia, UK and France in enforcing plain packaging on all tobacco products.
This year, WHO has set plain packaging as the theme of the Day, as the spread of this strategy is expected to boost the fight against tobacco. The US-based Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), The Union, and Vital Strategies issued separate statements, highlighting the need of plain packing for the sake of public health.
CTFK President Matthew Myers urged countries considering plain packaging to move “quickly”. “Without bold action now, tobacco use will kill one billion people worldwide this century,” he said.
Plain packaging restricts packets to a uniform plain colour, shape and size, devoid of colourful branding or logos or other promotional elements that attract youths, undermine health warnings, or mislead consumers about the harms of tobacco use.
The Vital Strategies, formerly World Lung Foundation, called on more countries to adopt plain packaging to protect youth and make tobacco control central to achieving Strategic Development Goals (SDGs).