Ottawa: Canada is set to introduce a printed warning on every cigarette as the photo warnings on the cigarette packets are not able to have any significant impact on smokers. This way, it will become the first country in the world to introduce something new.
“We need to address the concern because graphic photo warnings on tobacco products’ packaging messages may have lost their novelty, and to an extent, we worry that they may have lost their impact as well,” the minister of mental health and addictions, Carolyn Bennett, said at a news conference on Friday.
“Notably, health warnings on individual tobacco products will assist in ensuring that these important messages reach people, including youngsters, who frequently access cigarettes one at a time in social contexts, ignoring the package information.”
The planned change’s consultation session was set to begin on Saturday, and the government hoped to get the changes to come into force by the latter half of 2023.
“Poison in every puff,” stated the minister of mental health and addictions, adding that the exact phrase could vary.
Bennett also discussed additional cigarette packaging warnings, such as a long list of health risks associated with smoking, such as stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, and peripheral vascular disease.
Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst with the Canadian Cancer Society, said he hoped the warnings on cigarettes would become popular and universal, adding that no other country had implemented such a system.
Smoking rates in Canada have been slowly coming down. The latest data makes it clear that 10% of Canadians are regular smoker. The government wants to cut that rate in half by 2035.