Will graphic images on cigarette packs deter smokers?


Do you think the new graphic images on cigarette packs will deter smokers?

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  • Rahim Valliani

    Dec 31, 2012 7:57

    No. Increase the price to five times the original cost.

  • Lennon

    Dec 31, 2012 7:45

    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.

  • Madhu Madan

    Dec 31, 2012 7:15

    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' attitudeand 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. Shopsselling 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.

  • Felicito

    Dec 31, 2012 4:52

    No. Totally banning the sale of cigarette would be the best solution todrive away people from smoking.

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No. Increase the price to five times the original cost.

Rahim Valliani

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