Egypt - warning pictures on cigarette packs - INEFFECTIVE...

August 20, 2008 - It has already been found that instead of deterring smokers, the new set of warning pictures printed on cigarette packs are driving up the sales of metal cigarette boxes, Ibrahim El Embaby, head of the Tobacco Industry Division of the Industries Union, told local press.

According to the new tobacco law, which was approved by the People’s Assembly (PA) last June, a detailed health warning has to cover 50 percent of the pack on both sides. In addition to warning labels, cigarette packs now feature pictures explaining the side effects of smoking: a dying man in an oxygen mask, and a limp cigarette in reference to impotence, among others.

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Reference: New tobacco law ineffective, says Industries Union by Safaa Abdoun, DailyNews-Egypt, 8/18/2008.

Egypt has ratified the
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Treaty.