Saturday, May 21, 2011

New non-communicable diseases prevention policies or 7 reasons for the cancer emperor’s new clothes

The Australian government has announced one of the most important non-communicable diseases prevention policies ever adopted. Thus, Australia will become the first country to specifically ban cigarette packet branding and emphasize the health risks of smoking. The introduction of the cigarette packaging branding measure is scheduled for July 2012 and it follows guidelines issued by the World Health Organization.

7 reasons for the cancer emperor’s new clothes (mandatory graphic warnings and standardized packaging) at the global level:


Every person has a right to be fully informed of the risks of smoking


A picture says a thousand words



Bigger is better


Low in cost – paid for by tobacco companies, not governments


Discourages uptake of smoking, especially among youth


Informs and enhances motivation to quit


Supported by evidence

2 comments:

  1. Wow, those pictures! Thanks for all your work to end tobacco smoking. I appreciate your post.

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  2. Dear Karen thanks for your appreciation! You are welcome!

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