Kazakhstan takes important step to adopt pictorial health warnings


Health warnings on tobacco product packaging increase public awareness of the serious health risks of tobacco use
On 31 March, the Senate of Kazakhstan voted for the use of pictorial health warnings on all tobacco products. As a party to the WHO FCTC, Kazakhstan has pledged, through Article 11 (and Guidelines), that it would implement a range of measures, including adopting strong health warnings on tobacco products. Final approval is pending approval by the President within the next two months. This is a great accomplishment for Kazakhstan, as well as the Eurasian sub-region (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation), who are expected to reach a sub-regional decision about pictorials in Spring 2011.