WHO Takes New Initiative to Curb Consumption of Tobacco Products


Published Date : Jun 09, 2016

The tobacco is used in the manufacturing of cigarettes, cigar, smoking and chewing tobacco. The consumption of tobacco products surged worldwide during the economic slowdown as the stress of layoffs drove people to seek relief through smoking. As per the World Health Organization, the rise in smoking rates across the emerging countries have exceeded the smoking rate in developed economies. The decline in smoking across the developed economies can be attributed to the implementation of excise taxes, health conscious lifestyles, and regulations. These factors are expected to augment the tobacco products market across the globe. The growing awareness about the adverse effects of tobacco and anti-tobacco drives held by governments and regulatory bodies worldwide are expected to reduce the consumption of tobacco significantly.  
 
WHO Stresses on “Only Pictorial Warnings” on Tobacco Products Packets

In its effort to reduce the consumption of tobacco, the World Health Organization is encouraging countries to go for plain packaging of tobacco products with only pictorial warning. The regulatory body has revealed that this idea led to lower consumption of tobacco in Australia in 2012. Tobacco is linked to non-communicable and life-threatening diseases such as chronic respiratory diseases, cancers, diabetes, and ischemic heart diseases. As a result, governments across nations, along with regulatory bodies are focusing on curbing the growing consumption of tobacco in various forms. In countries such as India, pictorial warning on 85% of the packet is mandatory. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Delhi Medical Council along with the Heart Care Foundation of India has asked the members of medical fraternity to refrain from the usage of tobacco products.