Canada has come out with a regulation that will soon require health warnings to be printed on individual cigarettes making it as the first country to implement such kind of initiative as it is aiming at reducing tobacco usage to less than 5 percent by 2035.
According to officials, these labels will be printed on the tipping paper which is the outer most paper of the filter section as an initiative to virtually make it impossible for smokers to avoid health warnings.
“Tobacco smoke harms children.” “Cigarettes cause leukaemia.””Poison in every puff.” Such kind of health warnings would soon be printed on every cig sold in Canada.
However the new Tobacco product appearance and labeling regulations will be part of the government of Canada’s continued efforts to help adults who smoke to quit, protect youth and non tobacco users from nicotine addiction as well as further reduce the appeal of tobacco.
The new rules will take effect on 1st August
Consequently officials believe that such initiatives would virtually make it impossible for smokers to avoid health warnings since these labels will be printed on the tipping paper which is the outermost paper of the filter section of the individual cigarettes, little cigars, tubes, along other tobacco products.
Meanwhile these new rules will take effect on 1st August though officials say it will be a gradual process.
Retailers who sell tobacco product packages will have to feature the new warnings by the end of April 2024 on king size cigarettes followed by regular sized cigarettes and other products by the end of April 2025 according to latest update.
The new move was welcomed by health activities including the Canadian cancer society, Canadian Lung Association and Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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