Opinion | Your Say
Will graphic images on cigarette packs deter smokers?
- Gulf News
- Published: 15:20 December 31, 2012
No. Increase the price to five times the original cost.
Rahim Valliani, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The graphic images are a very good deterrant from smoking, but images need to cover a larger portion of the cigarette packet. The current size of the graphic image is so small that it does not have any effect at all.
Lennon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Certainly graphic images will be more effective than text only warnings in educating smokers about the range and depth of smoking related risks and persuading them to quit smoking. But this alone will not eradicate smoking. Additional measures in the form of campaigns, seminars and surveys should be organised to change consumers' attitude and behaviour towards smoking. Surveys should be conducted to find out the most common reason of people getting to smoke. Then alternative solutions to such reasons should be advised like some smokers in times of pressure and tension smoke. They should be made aware that there are better ways to reduce tension and pressure and stimulate more constructive thinking. Also, such graphic images may not be effective for low income group smokers or less educated smokers. Number of steps in addition to such graphic images need to be taken to deter people from smoking. Like total ban on smoking in colleges/schools/offices. Cigaratte price should be increased to make it less affordable. Shops selling cigarettes should have license (such license procedures should be tough and costly). Medical treatment of any disease for a smoker should be costly, medical insurances should have special clause of high premium for smokers.
Madhu Madan, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
No. Totally banning the sale of cigarette would be the best solution to drive away people from smoking.
Felicito, Dubai, United Arab Emirates