UN health agency trumpets 'plain packaging' for tobacco

UN health agency trumpets 'plain packaging' for tobacco
Indians dressed as skeletons and cigarette in a rally to mark World No Tobacco Day in in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The member states of the World Health Organization observe May 31 every year as World No Tobacco Day to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and to the preventable death and disease it causes. (AP Photo /Mahesh Kumar A.)

The UN health agency says "plain packaging" on tobacco products has shown to be an effective complement to health warnings, advertising restrictions, and curbs on misleading packaging to help save lives.

The World Health Organization released Tuesday an 86-page report on "," hoping to decrease the lure of smoking on "World No Tobacco Day."

WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan said plain packaging "kills the glamour, which is appropriate for a product that kills people."

The report chronicles the effort to strip tobacco packaging of logos, colors and brand imagery and contradicts legal challenges from the tobacco industry.

Australia in 2012 became the first WHO member state to introduce plain packaging, and other countries have followed. New Zealand on Tuesday announced it will push ahead with similar plans.

  • UN health agency trumpets 'plain packaging' for tobacco
    Performers dance in front of anti-smoking banners displayed on the Bird's Nest stadium to mark the World No Tobacco Day in Beijing, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Beijing celebrated the World No Tobacco Day on Tuesday, one year since the Chinese capital imposed a smoking ban in all indoor public places. With about 315 million smokers, China is the world's biggest producer and consumer of tobacco products. And roughly 700 million people are routinely exposed to second-hand smoke, according to the WHO. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
  • UN health agency trumpets 'plain packaging' for tobacco
    A woman performs in front of anti-smoking banners displayed on the Bird's Nest stadium to mark the World No Tobacco Day in Beijing, China, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Beijing celebrated the World No Tobacco Day on Tuesday, one year since the Chinese capital imposed a smoking ban in all indoor public places. With about 315 million smokers, China is the world's biggest producer and consumer of tobacco products. And roughly 700 million people are routinely exposed to second-hand smoke, according to the WHO. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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