Reducing the appeal of tobacco products will help to protect the health of Canadians from tobacco-related death and disease
OTTAWA, May 1, 2019 /CNW/ - Despite decades of effort to reduce tobacco use, it remains the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease in Canada, killing half of all long-term users.
Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced new regulations for plain and standardized appearance of tobacco packages and products will begin to come into force on November 9, 2019. These packages and products are powerful promotional vehicles. Reducing the appeal of tobacco products is an important step toward protecting Canadians, particularly youth, from inducements to using tobacco products and from the consequent dependence on them.
The new Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance) are an important milestone under Canada's Tobacco Strategy, which will protect Canadians from tobacco-related death and disease. The Strategy aims to drive down tobacco use to 5% of the Canadian population by 2035. This will mean fewer Canadians will start smoking, more Canadians will quit, and a new generation of healthier Canadians will have a greater awareness of how important it is to never use tobacco products.
Quotes"We have fulfilled our commitment to implement plain packaging requirements for tobacco products. The evidence is overwhelming that plain packaging is an effective way to drive down tobacco use, especially among young people. Reducing the rate of smoking among Canadians is a top priority for us."The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"Canada is demonstrating global leadership by adopting the best tobacco plain packaging requirements in the world. We strongly support these regulations. Tobacco plain packaging will protect youth, reduce tobacco use, and save lives."Rob Cunningham Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Cancer Society
Related ProductsBackgrounder – Plain and Standardized Appearance for Tobacco ProductsCanada Gazette, Part II
Associated LinksCanada's Tobacco StrategyShare how tobacco products have affected your healthFor adults: You can quit smoking. We can help.For youth: Break It Off!
SOURCE Health Canada
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