Canada’s government has proposed to put health warnings on individual cigarettes, making it the first country in the world to do so.
Carolyn Bennett, the Mental Health and Addictions Minister in Canada, said the target of the proposal is young people who often use cigarettes in social situations and ignore the information printed on the packaging.
“Adding health warnings on individual tobacco products will help ensure that these essential messages reach people,” Bennet said.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada also welcomed the new proposal.
Doug Roth, the CEO of Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, said she believes Canada will have the ‘strongest health warning regime for cigarettes in the world’.
“These are deadly products, and these measures will help to further reduce their appeal to youth and non-smokers, as well as to support current smokers in their efforts to quit,” Roth said.
A 75-day public consultation period on the issue will start on Saturday.
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