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A new study has firmed up the evidence that pictorial warning is an inexpensive way of controlling tobacco use and raising awareness against it.[color=rgb(68,68,68)][font=Verdana]
The authors, after reviewing 32 studies from 20 countries involving over 800,000 participants, concluded that strengthening pack warning policies should be a "priority" for tobacco control globally.
Anti-tobacco campaigners say Bangladesh is loosely enforcing the pictorial pack warning since Mar 19 this year.
The study, published recently in 'Social Science and Medicine' journal, was one of the largest of its kind.
The researchers, from Chapel Hill USA's School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and Department of Health Behaviour of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, assessed the impact of strengthening warnings on knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, intentions and behaviour.
They included any study about strengthening pack warnings (including, for example, increasing text size), although the bulk of the studies assessed the transition from text warnings to graphic warning images.
The key findings were that strengthening pack warnings increases knowledge about the risks of smoking, increases quitline calls, reduces smoking consumption, increases quit attempts, increases short-term smoking cessation and reduces smoking prevalence.
Larger changes in smoking behaviour were observed when the warning label changes were implemented alongside other major tobacco control policies than when implemented alone.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the world, causing nearly six million people to die each year, according to the World Health Organisation.
Tobacco product packaging is a key part of marketing efforts to make tobacco use appealing. A pack-a-day smoker potentially sees a cigarette pack an estimated 7300 times per year, that's 20 views per day, according to the study paper.
Messages on these packs generate exposure that far outweighs exposure from other anti-tobacco communications such as mass media campaigns and at essentially no cost.
Pictorial warning is considered the best way to draw attention rather than using simple texts. At least 80 countries in the world including Bangladesh have so far implemented such pictorial warnings.
But Bangladesh that introduced this warning from Mar 19 this year has not fully implemented it.
They found that the provision was being flouted widely with almost all low-brand cigarettes not caring to print the graphic warning.
Bidis, or locally hand-rolled cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco products are also coming to the market without graphic warnings, according to the analysis which was carried out a month after the Mar 19 deadline.
"We saw a little change with one or two bidi products printing pictorial warning after we carried out the study," Dr Bhuiyan said.
"But this pictorial warning is highly effective, particularly in raising awareness among those who cannot read.
"Even adolescents who have not got into the habit yet get aware of the consequences much earlier with the pictorial warnings. Some pictures are so frightening to them that they can also create pressure on the adults to quit smoking," he added.
An old estimate suggests 57,000 people die of tobacco-related illnesses every year, and nearly 300,000 suffer from related illnesses in Bangladesh - a country where nearly 45 percent of the population aged 15 and above consume tobacco in some form.[/font][/color]
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In this sequel to Vector, the original free-runner from developer NEKKI, you are once more put in control of a silhouetted hero who must park our his way out of danger in a cyberpunk future.[/background][/font][/color][color=rgb(39,37,38)][font='Open Sans'][background=rgb(248,248,248)]
Production values are higher in Vector 2, but the core game play remains as attractive as ever. Swipe across the display to make your character jump, run and slide, while grabbing items and dodging traps.[/background][/font][/color][color=rgb(39,37,38)][font='Open Sans'][background=rgb(248,248,248)]
Despite its familiarity, the game remains an engaging challenge, and the responsive controls and tight level design mean it's always fair.[/background][/font][/color]
Source: June 2016: This month's top pick Vector 2
State officials in Florida on Friday tripled the active Zika transmission zone in the trendy seaside community of Miami Beach after five new cases of the mosquito-borne virus believed to cause a severe birth defect were identified in the area.[color=rgb(68,68,68)][font=Verdana]
The active transmission zone grew from 1.5 square miles to 4.5 square miles and consists of a large portion of the popular tourist destination, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement on Friday evening.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine told the Miami Herald that the city will begin truck-spraying of larvicide in the zone on Saturday.
"We have a serious problem," he told the newspaper. "Once again, we must take all reasonable and safe action to eliminate this. This is a problem."
The zone was expanded after the Florida Department of Health identified five cases in the area involving three women and two men who all experienced symptoms within one month of each other.
The cases bring the total of non-travel related Zika cases in Florida to 93 and in Miami Beach to 35, the governor said.
Three weeks ago, federal health officials warned pregnant women not to travel to Miami Beach because Zika has been shown to cause the severe birth defect known as microcephaly, a condition marked by abnormally small head size that can result in developmental problems.
The Zika virus was first detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas. It has been linked to more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly in Brazil.
Adding to concerns are current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that recommend men wait six months after being infected with Zika before trying to have children to avoid passing the virus to a pregnant partner through semen.
The governor also said on Friday he expects the Zika zone to be lifted on Monday in Wynwood where aggressive mosquito control and community outreach measures have been effective after several cases of Zika were confirmed recently in the neighborhood, north of Miami.
Scott also announced that he will authorize an additional $10 million in state funds to fight Zika and reiterated his call for Congress to provide more federal resources and funding.
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