Add Pictorial Warnings to All Tobacco Packages: WHO

'World No Tobacco Day 2009' on May 31 is the occasion for a campaign to make packaging more alarming, to warn smokers and potential smokers more directly.

The World Health Organization is marking "World No Tobacco Day 2009" on May 31 with a call on governments around the world to require pictorial warnings on all tobacco packaging "to show the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use," the organization says.

The campaign for this year is focused on cutting tobacco use by increasing public awareness of its dangers, according to WHO, which cites studies that indicate people believe tobacco is harmful but may not understand its specific health risks. "Despite this, health warnings on tobacco packages in most countries do not provide information to warn consumers of the risks," WHO says.

WHO says one survey took place this year China, with only 37 percent of smokers in the study knowing smoking causes coronary heart disease and only 17 percent knowing it causes strokes, while a 2003 survey in Syria found only a small fraction of university students knew cardiovascular disease is a hazard of cigarette or water pipe smoking.

"Health warnings on tobacco packages are a simple, cheap, and effective strategy that can vastly reduce tobacco use and save lives," said WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Ala Alwan. "But they only work if they communicate the risk. Warnings that include images of the harm that tobacco causes are particularly effective at communicating risk and motivating behavioral changes, such as quitting or reducing tobacco consumption."

"In order to survive, the tobacco industry needs to divert attention from the deadly effects of its products," said Dr. Douglas Bettcher, director of WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative. "It uses multimillion-dollar promotional campaigns, including carefully crafted package designs, to ensnare new users and keep them from quitting. Health warnings on tobacco packages can be a powerful tool to illuminate the stark reality of tobacco use."

Visit this page to read the World No Tobacco Day 2009 brochure.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Comply with OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

    Collect relevant incident data and generate accurate OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 regulatory reports, including 300A CSV files for easy electronic submission to OSHA.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Easy to Use Safety Inspection App

    Conduct inspections on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Complete safety audits at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus