By KEREM HASAN
Health Minister Ali Pilli said this week that North Cyprus would emulate a new law that came into force in Turkey on Thursday that means cigarette packets will all look the same and display graphic images of the effects of smoking.
Photos on packets include a child inhaling cigarette smoke, mouth ulcers and lung problems. The move will be taken to “discourage” people from smoking, Dr Pilli said.
He did not give any timescale for the changes, but noted that the rule change in Turkey will affect cigarettes imported to the TRNC.
Çiğdem Çağa, head of the government’s Basic Health Services department, confirmed they were working on a new “standard package” regulation as part of a process of “harmonisation” with EU laws and in line with the changes made in Turkey. “We want to discourage people from smoking,” she said. “Having ‘Smoking Kills’ in written form only has not been effective in discouraging consumers from buying [cigarettes]. “In Europe, this [warning] is supported with photographs. So this is what we are currently working on.”
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