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Canada will become the first country in the world to put health warnings on individual cigarettes

Canada is set to become the first country in the world to put health warnings on individual cigarettes. The country had already set an international trend after adopting a mandate two decades ago to include graphic photo warnings on tobacco product packaging.

“We have to address the fear that these messages have lost their novelty and to some extent we are concerned that they have also lost their impact,” said Canada’s Mental Health and Addictions Minister Carolyn Bennett.

“Adding health warnings to individual tobacco products will help ensure that these essential messages reach people, including young people who often access cigarettes one at a time in social situations, bypassing the information printed on a package.”

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Planning to introduce the change in the second half of 2023, Bennett noted that the current proposal is: “Poison in every puff.”

Welcoming the proposal, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada CEO Doug Roth told public broadcaster CBC that “Canada will now have the toughest cigarette health warning regime in the world.”

“These are deadly products, and these measures will further reduce their appeal to young people and non-smokers, as well as support current smokers in their efforts to quit.”

Meanwhile, Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society, said: “This is going to set a global precedent. It’s a warning you just can’t ignore. It will reach every smoker, every time. puff.”

According to Statistics Canada, more than four million Canadians were daily or occasional smokers in 2020.

(With agency contributions)

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