SLBS implements graphic pictorial warnings for cigarettes

Saint Lucia authorities have introduced new rules to make it mandatory for cigarette labels to include a graphic pictorial warning.

Facts about the harmful effects of smoking will also be included on every cigarette box.

The Head of Compliance at the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS), Hubert Reynolds, told St Lucia Times that there is general agreement that pictorial warnings are more effective than only words.

“They would have a bigger impact on new smokers than just a word warning,” Reynolds stated.

He told St Lucia Times that the momentum worldwide has been to move towards graphic warnings.

According to the SLBS official, the new standard  for graphic pictorial warning labels was implemented on Wednesday, August 16.

However he said the SLBS expects that there will be a lot of old labels on the market, so that the new labels should be in evidence in about six months.

“We have taken an open approach where we will monitor stock levels at the various warehouses and when those stocks are diminished or  completed then we will enforce – what will be on the market should be only those carrying the new label,” Reynolds noted.

He explained that while  he did not at the time have specific information for Saint Lucia, reports indicate that in other countries children as young as ten years old are tobacco smokers.

“It has become a big problem because obviously they become addicted and it gets more difficult for them to quit – I am assuming it would be the same here in Saint Lucia, especially since the way our laws are, they are not really being enforced in terms of selling cigarettes to underage children,’ the Head of Compliance at the SLBS said.




  1. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    way to go…..great job slbs

  2. Lilac.
    August 21, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    That won’t do none. Simple get them off the shelves.

  3. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Just don’t sell them they kill yet yrl sell them so yrl don’t care about people health an want to show picture like yrl care

  4. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Sis.gYes it shows that nobody cares about anybody we all know that cigarette is dangerous to our health why sell over forty years ago I personally read a magazine that said to young people why are you smoking is it because you see people smoke or you feel you are a grown person or you are a man when you smoke well I the maker don’t smoke 🚬 that means the maker makes his money he doesn’t give a damn.just like anybody who smokes do not care about the person next to him imagine second hand smoke is more dangerous why not pass the law for those people that smoke in the midst of children and in public just band that crap I know that’s where you people makes all the money I’m sorry if I offended anyone please forgive me.that’s the way I see it sister g.

  5. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    We all know that cigarette smoking is dangerous to our health.why sell it .the maker himself don’t smoke so what ..imagine second hand smoke is even worse

  6. Both Sides
    August 22, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Disgusting!!!…………If I were a smoker, I would not even buy a box of cigarette.
    Nice job SLBT.
    I think a law should be passed for no smoking in public places at no time, because theses people smoke and just blow their fumes anywhere sometimes straight in your face and if you bring it to their attention they want to curse you up or even threaten you…smh

  7. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 11:04 am

    So why not increase taxes on cigarettes to make it more difficult for persons to purchase.