Dr. Michael Sparks, President of the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and Chairman of the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion held in Pattaya this week, said the conference committee and more than 1,000 delegates from 81 different countries strongly support the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand's bid to have strong measures to protect Thai children and youth from tobacco addiction.
Increasing pictorial warnings from 55% to 85% of the packet area is a fundamental measure to educate the public on the danger of tobacco use, which multiplies the effectiveness of other tobacco control policies such as taxation and smoke free environment.
According to him, smoking kills six million smokers each year. It is, therefore, the responsibility of a nation’s government to regulate tobacco products and protect the health of its population. Strong tobacco control measures are very much in line with the conference theme " Best Investments for Health", which emphasizes the need to increase the economy, productivity, health and well-being of the people.