In a much commendable move, it has been made told that now companies would have to display the side effects of smoking on packaging and that too with photographs. This has been done to ensure that smoking rate could be reduced.
Come February 1st 2013, and tobacco companies would have to follow the rile set by the government to ensure tobacco firms are not being left doing their promotional gimmicks for unhealthy products. As of now, only written warnings are being made on the packaging but now, graphic images would have to be made part of the same so that users could be made aware about the damaging effects of smoking.
There is need to raise the level of awareness so that those who are smoking insanely are being told about the potential consequences of smoking. “If, by introducing these graphic images on cigarette packs, some people are shocked into considering how smoking is impacting on them and their families then the warnings will have achieved their objective”, said Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly, who has done a lot to ensure that tobacco firms are being checked strictly.
There are reports that indicated that mortality rate due to smoking has reached record levels in Ireland and that could be seen as a warning signal for other countries. With this move, over 19 countries would be covered under the law.
If reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) are to be referred to, there are over 50% of Canadian smokers who are of the say that graphic images in 2000 had done a lot positive to ensure that there is less number of people indulging in smoking. While efforts are being made along the same lines, it would be worth seeing if this move could make one change their decision about smoking.