Canada It sets a global precedent and also strengthens warnings on cigarette packs
Ottawa, ONAnd the June 10, 2022 /CNW/ — The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) today welcomed proposed federal regulations to make it mandatory to place a health warning directly on every cigarette — a first in the world. This innovation was announced as part of a broader set of regulatory changes that will strengthen requirements for health warnings on cigarette packages in Canada.
“By requiring a warning on every cigarette, smokers will be aware of the harmful effects of tobacco with every puff. This measure should be implemented as soon as possible,” he said. Rob CunninghamSenior Policy Analyst, CSC. You simply cannot ignore the health warning on every cigarette, especially since more than 20 billion cigarettes are sold each year in Canada. This always-on message can have a deterrent effect on young people who want to “borrow” cigarettes from a friend or sibling to try them out. Furthermore, dozens of Canadian and international studies support this procedure. »
CCS has long advocated putting a health warning on every cigarette and commends the global leadership shown by the Canadian government. This measure will help raise awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco on health, reduce the attractiveness of cigarettes, stimulate discussion among smokers and encourage smokers to think twice instead of once before lighting cigarettes. Individual cigarette warnings are an additional means of combating smuggling by identifying cigarettes intended for legal sale in the country. Guidelines adopted under the International Tobacco Treaty – WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control He also recommends adopting this measure.
Proposed regulatory changes also include two new series of graphic warnings on cigarette packages, larger warnings (75% coverage of the front and back of packages) for all classes of tobacco products, more visible warnings inside packages and new warnings about some of the health effects of some smoking, including colorectal cancer. Cervical and stomach cancer. CCS welcomes this growing demand for health warnings. It is well established that large pictorial health warnings are a cost-effective measure to increase awareness of the adverse health effects of tobacco and reduce smoking.
In 2000, Canada became the first country in the world to adopt requirements for pictorial warnings on cigarette packages—a measure that was implemented in 2001. Since then, more than 130 countries and regions have followed suit, as a 2021 report from the Canadian Cancer Society notes.
Smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in Canada, causing approximately 48,000 Canadian deaths annually, and accounting for nearly 30% of all cancer deaths. According to 2020 data, 4.2 million Canadians, or 13% of the population aged 12 or older, smoke. Much remains to be done to achieve the goal of reducing tobacco consumption to less than 5% by 2035 in the country.
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SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (National Office)
For more information: Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst, 613-762-4624, [email protected]
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