Mauritius - graphic cigarette packs/public smoking ban..

March 6, 2009 - Graphic warnings on cigarette packs sold in Mauritius from June 1st 2009. (Mauritius lies in Southern Africa in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar; population 1.2 million, life expectancy 73 years.) March 1st 2009, Mauritius will introduce a new law to make virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces smokefree.

The new amendments to the tobacco law and the eight graphic warning images were presented to the media during a press conference at the Ministry of Health on the 12th of February 2009.

These graphic warnings will figure on the cigarette packs sold in Mauritius as from the 1st of June 2009. Mauritius will then be the first country in Africa to implement article 11 (of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control where Parties agree to adopt effective measures to ensure tobacco product packaging and labeling have large, clear health warnings and do not promote tobacco products in false, misleading or deceptive ways) with a world record of 65% of the surface of the cigarette pack covered.

This is the result of the earnest collaboration and hard work of ViSa and the Ministry of Health, and also thanks to the excellent help and support of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

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Reference: Mauritius Island: Graphic warnings to figure on cigarette packs sold in Mauritius from June 1st 2009,, 2/12/2009.

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