World No Tobacco Day Aims for Plain Packaging

World No Tobacco Day

The World Health Organization is pushing for plain packaging in honor of World No Tobacco Day.

Tobacco is bad for us. This is old news; yet countless people still turn to this vice. To combat this addiction, the World Health Organization (WHO) sets aside May 31st as World No Tobacco Day.

On World No Tobacco Day 2016, the WHO is working to implement what they see as an important demand reduction measure: plain packaging. Also known as standardized packaging, this would mean packs of cigarettes are sold without brand-specific logos or colors. Instead, the packs would come in a standardized color with the brand and product name printed in a standardized font.

The WHO also wants to implement graphic health warnings with their plain packaging. Instead of the logo for the cigarette company, you would see an image of the health repercussions of smoking.

I have been fortunate to have traveled the world quite extensively over the past decade or so.  I have been to other countries that sell these sorts of cigarette packs.  I have seen the VERY graphic photos of smokers who are suffering from various maladies associated with smoking.  It is so repulsive to see those full color pictures that my daughter, who has been known to buy a pack every now and again, refused to do so when that was her only choice!  It worked on her and her choice not to purchase that graphic pack of cigarettes.

Whether or not you think plain packaging will be effective, consider taking a break from smoking today. Your lungs will thank you!

The Maria Sanchez Show will also be celebrating World No Tobacco Day and highlighting important issues like tobacco regulation on our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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