On a recent trip to Italy I was amazed when I saw these pictures on packs of cigarettes. If this isn’t enough to scare a smoker away from these nicotine delivery devices, I don’t know what will. For the benefit of my readers I am reproducing what I think is the best of them on my blog.
Smoking in Italy has been banned in public places including bars, restaurants, and offices since 2005. Since the ban, there’s been an 8% decrease in cigarette consumption, and cardiovascular disease dropped significantly. In 2014, smoking accounted for 12.5% of all deaths in Italy. Even with these graphic packages, nearly 20% of the Italian population still smoke.
So here are my photos of cigarette packages in Italy. I know that many of my readers are in the healthcare industry, so feel free to download and use them in lectures and teaching materials – no permissions necessary! These images really say a lot.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Reference for this post:
Gualano MR, Bert F, Scaioli et al. Smoking Ban Policies in Italy and the Potential Impact of the So-Called Sirchia Law: State of the Art after Eight Year. Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014: Published online 2014 May 15
Pressure Ulcers are an Under-Appreciated Public Health Issue
Well done dear Dr. Jeff! I love your curisity and admire your consideration. You make me proud of you, really 🙂
Your non smoker friend in Italy (who has been thinking of this issue and feels sad to see almost half of his italian friends are smokers!)