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Scary Photos for Russian Smokers
12.05.2012 11:55
Scary Photos for Russian Smokers

Starting from May 2013, all cigarette packs in Russia will be supplied with gloomy graphic images depicting the impact of smoking on human health.

      The Russian Health and Social Development Ministry approved a list of 13 pictures for cigarette packs and published it on its official website. The images range from sick infants to blackened lungs with accompanying warnings, such as “Self-Destruction,” “Periodontitis”, "Prematurity" and “Erectile Dysfunction.”

      Such measures are taken, above all, to keep young people from smoking. Currently, there are only written warnings on Russian cigarette and tobacco packs. The manufacturers must make all the necessary changes during this year.

      Russia is the world leader on smoking, with more than 39 percent of the adult populace, or 43.9 million smokers, according to WHO’s Global Adult Tobacco Survey. Smoking kills about 400,000 Russians a year, according to the Russian Health and Social Development Minister Tatiana Golikova.

      According to Golikova, 78% of smokers in countries that depict consequences of smoking on cigarette packs, approved such grim images. Thanks to the illustrations, 67% respondents made a decision to give up smoking, and 50% changed their attitude towards the impact of smoking on human health. The Health Minister hopes that initiative will help to lower the amount of smokers in Russia for 10%.

      Australia, India and European Union members have already placed such images on all the cigarette packs that can be bought in their countries. 


Sources: RIA Novosti Image:

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: health Smoking in Russia    

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