(KPL) The Ministry of Health has called Lao Tobacco Company and Lao-China Hong Ta Good Luck Company to comply with the Tobacco Control Law and related regulations which require 75 per cent Pictorial Health Warning (PHW) on all cigarette pack packing.
General Director of Hygiene and Health Promotion Department, Dr Bounpheng Philavong said at press conference on February 8 that the two companies were yet to comply with the 2016 law.
Globally, Nepal takes the lead in promoting anti-smoke efforts having pictorial health warnings (PHW) printed on 90 per cent of cigarette pack packing. As for ASEAN, Thailand has PHW covering 80 per cent of cigarette product packing. Meanwhile Brunei has 75 per cent PHW.
Article 11 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) requires Parties to the Convention to implement large, rotating health warnings on all tobacco product packaging and labelling. Pictorial health warnings on tobacco packages are a cost-effective means to increase public awareness about the dangers of tobacco use.
Source: Lao News Agency