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Maldives should ban the sale of tobacco to all those born from 2007 onwards? Smoke free generations.

Smoke free generation is a very interesting concept where countries are looking at future generations that are smoke free. Efforts to protect future generations from the harmful effects of tobacco, people born from a certain year will not be able to buy tobacco. In the year 2012, the Tasmanian legislature passed a motion calling to […]

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Sorry, cigarettes should only be sold in packs! of 20.

Each Party shall endeavour to prohibit the sale of cigarettes individually or in small packets which increase the affordability of such products to minors. WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – Article 16, Clause 3. It is very common that when you get into the corner shop, almost every shop will have a couple of […]

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Smoke free public places

This article was first published on Facebook on December 4, 2012 Efforts to curb the tobacco epidemic in the Maldives have been put for a long time. In the Maldives, in the 1980’s, some regulations were passed to ban smoking in some public places, such as governemnt offices, sport facilities and so forth. One of […]

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The CHAMPIONS of tobacco control …

It is obvious that many steps need to be taken to control the tobacco menace. In past articles I have written about many aspects of tobacco control and the challenges faced by the advocates for tobacco control. Well in this article, I will present to you real champions. People of the community who have taken […]

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Economics of tobacco control – the Maldives

In the year 2003, myself and Dr. Ibrahim Riaz Shareef did a study on the economics of tobacco control in the Maldives. This paper was done for the World Health Organization and presented at a meeting on the Economics of Tobacco Control in the South East Asia Region held in Jakarta from December 3 – […]

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Cigarette imports, an alarming statistic …

I wonder just how much tobacco is consumed in the Maldives! One of the best indicators of this would be import figures. Lets for argument sake take just two brands and see the magnitude of the issue from a different angle. Take for example Marlboro and Camel import figures for 2010 (Customs). In 2010 alone […]

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You are trapped! Tobacco companies cheat you …

According to Article 11, 1(a), the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), tobacco product packaging and labelling do not promote a tobacco product by any means that are false, misleading, deceptive or likely to create an erroneous impression about its characteristics, health effects, hazards or emissions, including any term, descriptor, trademark, figurative or any […]

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Tobacco legislation in the Maldives – a brief history!

Here I present translations of the very first Laws on tobacco control in the Maldives. There were three Laws passed during the 40s and 50s. The first Bill was passed in 1942. ___________________________________________________________ Bill no: 1/61 Date: 12 May 1942 Bill on Bidi, Cigars, Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco Bidi, Cigars, Cigarettes and other […]

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Tobacco advertisement is against the Law … or is it?

The Maldivian Tobacco Control Law 15/2010 (Ratified on 18 August 2010) Article 16 states that: “The name of any tobacco product, or a pictogram, picture, slogan, or anything or part of it that may denote the product should not be displayed to the public, for the purpose of advertising. Names of tobacco products, pictograms, pictures, […]

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