Saturday, May 24, 2008

Want to warn Smokers... Think logically...

Just wanted to add... that I guess Dr Ramadoss (India's Health Minister) and his team needs to think a little more logically if they really want to warn smokers, in the hope that they might (repeating myself, just might) quit smoking some day...

Putting up labels (Text or Pictures) on cigarette packs has not been very effective anywhere in the world... However, if the Health Ministry is still hell bent on putting up labels, I suggest that they go as far as putting the labels (NOT only on the cigarette packs) on the individual cigarettes also...

Here are the 2 main reasons why I think doing this would be more effective:

  1. Many (and then some more) people simply choose to buy loose Cigarettes (just 1 or 2 at a time, as whole packs can be expensive). So the packs with all those warnings & pictures will simply rest in the bins.

    This means that many of the actual smokers do not get to see the pack at all, unless of course another law is introduced where "Panwaris" (Cigarettes vendors) are forced to make the smokers read the Cigarette Packs... :)

  2. Also, even those buying a full cigarette pack, will simply take out a cigarette and put the pack back where it came from (packs are hardly worth admiring) and that's about it.

What a waste of money, time, and effort in trying to put Warning Labels on cigarette packs :(

On the other hand, having the labels/warnings on the Cigarette itself would act as a constant reminder... May be, something on the butt, or on the visible portion of the filter etc... I am sure somebody out there would come up with an innovative idea, after which each drag would constantly remind the smokers of what they are doing to their bodies.

On a side note, the Health Minister should also try and work with the Education Ministry in order to educate our school going children about the ill effects of smoking. This way (hopefully) lesser youngsters will take up smoking and at least the next generation will be healthier..!!

Schools are the best place to teach good habits, not only Accounts, Computers, English etc... Catching them young is very important...

Hoping that somehow this gets read by those that matter... In case someone has anything else to add (for or against) they are more than welcome to post Comments...


3 comments:

Rishi said...

nice idea!

add warning to cig itself :)

but the ones who want to smoke do they care? because where u purchase cigs also have warnings written in BOLD and BIG letters.

i tell u... noone cares!

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