Pictorial health warnings on tobacco products released earlier in Kyrgyzstan

Ministry of Health, Kyrgyzstan

Pictorial health warnings on tobacco products have been launched six months earlier than planned in Kyrgyzstan. By order of the Government, all tobacco products on shelves from July 2015 will now have to display a health warning and this comes after a long process of implementation (Kyrgyzstan was one of the first Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries to pass a pictorial warning's law in 2009).

The current pictorial health warnings will eventually be replaced at a later stage by the pictorial warnings mandated under the Eurasian Customs Union (EACU).

Major step forward

This is a major step forward in the fight against the tobacco epidemic in Kyrgyzstan and follows the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) guidelines. THE WHO FCTC, which entered into force in February 2005, is designed to tackle the devastating consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure.
Studies have shown that pictorial health warnings increase attempts to quit and decrease smoking uptake. A combined written and graphic health message on the packaging of tobacco products is more effective than text-only warnings and is one of the most effective sources of health information.