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Frightening images appear on cigarette packs in Kazakhstan

01 may 2013, 11:11
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Frightening images are placed in the upper part of the packs. Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
Frightening images are placed in the upper part of the packs. Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
"Smoking may become a reason of long and painful death". Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
"Smoking may become a reason of long and painful death". Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
"Smoking causes drug addiction". Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
"Smoking causes drug addiction". Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
"Smoking during pregnancy causes harm to your child". Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
"Smoking during pregnancy causes harm to your child". Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
"Smoking causes impotence". Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
"Smoking causes impotence". Photo by Dmitriy Khegai©
Some of tobacco producers have started printing daunting images on their cigarette packs ahead of the scheduled time in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews.kz reports citing head of the national coalition For Tobacco-Free Kazakhstan Dzhamilya Sadykova.

The respective government decree will come in force only on July 4, 2013. However, some producers decided to start placing the pictures on their products ahead of time. The pictures warn smokers that smoking causes deadly diseases, provokes impotence, causes drug addiction and harms health of babies of smoking mothers. The pictures are located in the upper part of the pack to catch the user’s eyes and so that they cannot be easily closed from sight with a palm. There are warning signs on pack in Kazakh on the front side and in Russian on the back side.

Head of the anti-tobacco coalition said that such pictures have already proved their efficiency in the world. For example, around 4 percent of smokers in Thailand stopped smoking immediately after the pictures appeared on cigarette packs and 20 percent of smokers quit smoking within 3 years.

If this repeats itself in Kazakhstan, around 1 million people will quite this habit within 3 years and 210 thousand people will do it immediately. She also noted an important role of some of the Majilis deputies and Healthcare Ministry officials who were actively promoting this initiative to protect Kazakhstan people’s health.

Kazakhstan Prime-Minister signed the decree on shocking images on cigarette packs in November 2011. He also signed another document obliging shop owners selling cigarettes to place the daunting images in their shops.


By Dmitriy Khegai

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