Ban on tobacco ads help users to reduce its consumption

Hard-hitting anti-tobacco advertisements and graphical warnings on the packs – especially those that include pictures – reduce the number of children who start smoking and increase the number of smokers who quit

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Graphic warnings can persuade smokers to protect the health of non-smokers by smoking less at home and by avoiding smoking near children.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 78 countries, which represent 47% of the world’s population, meet the practice of graphical warnings. It contains warnings in the local language and covers at least the half of the front and back cover of packs.

Dr Kalyan Gangwal, a pioneer of anti-tobacco and teen addiction movement, Pune, said, “Mass media campaigns can also reduce tobacco consumption by influencing people to protect non-smokers and convincing youths to stop using tobacco. Ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship can reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco taxes are the most cost-effective way to reduce tobacco use, especially, among young and poor people.”

Dr Amit Bhat, an oncologist from Poona Hospital, said, “The illicit trade of tobacco products poses major health, economic, and security concerns across the world. An estimate states that one in every ten cigarettes or any tobacco products consumed globally is illicit. It must be stopped or reduced. Additionally, smoke-free laws protect the health of non-smokers, and do not harm the business and encourage smokers to quit.”

According to one of the WHO survey’s on how ad bans lower consumption it is stated that;

‘A comprehensive ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship could reduce tobacco consumption by about 7%, with some countries experiencing a decline in tobacco consumption by up to 16%.

Only 37 countries, representing 15 % of the world’s population, completely banned all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.’