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Cigarette packets to have pictorial labels

July 22, 2012 6:06 am

All tobacco manufacturing companies will need to have pictorial warnings on their cigarette packets come January 1st, next year.

Health Ministry spokesperson Peni Namotu says this is now a mandatory requirement – under the Tobacco Control Decree – following cabinet’s approval.

_Now we have the labels in writing but it will carry more weight if it will have the actual picture of a ;ung that has been affected by smoking or probably rotten teeth – some of the impacts cigarettes have on smokers."

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The Ministry hopes that with the photographic warnings showing what smoking does to the body – people will turn away from smoking.

Meanwhile – those now found to be selling cigarettes without a license will be taken to task as the registration period has ended

Now it’s enforcement time for us – to see that all people selling cigarette now have the license and basically they have to present it when required.

Around 3 million people around the world die from smoking related deaths each year.

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