Cigarette warning labels are about to get even harder to ignore in Canada – CBC

Canada to become first country to put warning labels on individual cigarettes

May 31, 2023

Health Canada has announced new warning labels to be printed directly on cigarettes in an effort to deter new smokers, encourage quitting and reduce tobacco-related deaths — a world first that experts hope will have a significant impact.

There will be multiple sets of six warnings on the cigarettes themselves that will change in rotation with messages like: “Cigarettes cause cancer,” “Cigarettes damage your organs,” “Tobacco smoke harms children” and “Poison in every puff.”

Health Canada will also include new health warnings on cigarette packaging, taking up a minimum of 75 per cent of the main display area of the package, that can be updated with the latest research available without having to change the regulations.

“Having a warning on every cigarette sold in Canada is a world precedent-setting measure,” said Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society.

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