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‘Plain packaging’ for tobacco products in Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka is planning to introduce ‘plain packaging’ on tobacco products to curb consumption, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday at the WHO global anti-tobacco conference in India.

“Tobacco and alcohol control are at the top of my national agenda,” President Sirisena said, urging the world community to resist the attempts of the tobacco industry to undermine tobacco control through litigation and interference in government policy-making.

Plain tobacco packaging requires the removal of all corporate branding - colours, imagery, logos etc. - from the product, allowing manufacturers to print only the brand name in a mandated size, font and place, as well as health warnings and other legally mandated information.

The WHO recommends plain packaging as part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control and has said that strong evidence supports the conclusion that plain packaging reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of the pack as a form of advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

 Australia was the first country to mandate plain tobacco packaging – in 2012, followed by Ireland, France and the United Kingdom.

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In this world of corruption, even WHO can be bribed for enforcing plain pack for the cigarettes, thus enabling the tobacco companies to save money on printing and make additional profits, due to taxes imposed on them.

Good sugestion. A lot has already being said about smoking. The WHO has issued guidelines for packaging of Tobacco products about 3 -4 years ago. Why does H.E. The President waste valuable time and resources on a mundane matter that experts have already acted upon. Those who smoke tobacco will continue to do so irrespective of the crys of people in power. It is prudent for the President of this country to concerntrate on the serious economic situation and engage in pursuits that will bring economic benefits. It will culminate in economic prosperity rather than political eye wash for personal gain. People are disgusted of the way important matters are handled.

I suggest that there is some misreporting. The actual name of the conference is: Conference of Parties (COP7) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) of the WHO. Also regarding the above comment, I would like to make a comment - If you neglect the issue of tobacco consumption it will not only be a health problem, but also an economic problem. Because when a government does not take policy decisions regarding tobacco consumption and to reduce the consumption, people fall sick.. Thus the burden of it will have to be born by the government to treat on those who fall sick. It is very much than the so-called "revenue" that a government receives as revenue from tobacco companies. It is a social problem as well, because when people die in their prime age due to tobacco smoking related diseases, it affects the productivity of a country as well as income loss to their families due to the death or disability of the breadwinner in a family.

Plain packaging is the next step after introducing Pictorial Health Warnings. Implementation of this regulation is good. But without banning sale of single stick cigarettes, this is useless. Who is going to see Plain Packaging, when majority of people purchase cigarettes in loose form?

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