Toronto: The Government of Canada has decided to printed a warning message on every cigarette in order to prevent the effects and effects of cigarettes.
Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s Minister for Mental Health and Addiction, told reporters that issuing such health warnings on tobacco products alone would help people go and add essential information.
A young man who once went to smoke a cigarette due to social circumstances throws away the warning words on the cigarette pocket. It is said to be avoided.
The consultation period for the new change on this warning is set to begin today. The government expects the new procedure to take effect in the second half of 2023.
Bennett said the exact wording on the cigarettes could be changed, adding that the phrase “poison goes in every time you smoke” is for approval.
Thus, Canada will become the first country in the world to have a warning word on every cigarette.
The move builds on Canada’s mandate to include graphic photo warnings on tobacco products’ packaging, a policy that started an international trend when it was introduced two decades ago.
“We need to address the concern that these 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.
Smoking rates have been steadily falling over the years. The latest data from Statistics Canada, released last month, shows 10% of Canadians reported smoking regularly. The government is seeking to cut that rate in half by 2035.
StatCan noted that roughly 11% Canadians 20 and older reported being current smokers, compared to just 4% of people aged 15 to 19.