Health Canada

Health Canada

August 10, 2007 14:37 ET

Health Minister Announces Intention to Ban Misleading Terms on Tobacco Products

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2007) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today announced that proposed regulations to prohibit the use of "light" and "mild" terms were pre-published in Canada Gazette, Part I on August 4, 2007, for a 75 day comment period.

"Research has shown that many smokers incorrectly believe that smoking "light and mild" cigarettes is less harmful to their health," said Minister Clement. "These proposed regulations would put in place a mandatory - and permanent - ban on these deceptive terms."

The ban would prevent all tobacco manufacturers including importers from using these terms on the packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products sold in Canada, such as bidis, kreteks, tobacco sticks, cigarette tobacco, cigarette papers, tubes and filters. More than half of all current smokers report smoking "light," "mild," "ultra light" and other similarly labelled products

Research indicates that light and mild terms delay or keep some smokers from quitting and provide a false sense of security for a product that is as harmful as any other cigarette.

"Smoking any variety of cigarette poses a health risk," said Minister Clement. "The publication of these new regulations is an important step to help protect Canadians from misleading information regarding their health and safety."

Health Canada news releases are available on the Internet at www.healthcanada.gc.ca/media

Egalement disponible en francais

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Health Canada
    Renee Bergeron
    613-957-2988
    or
    Public Inquiries:
    613-957-2991
    1-866-225-0709
    or
    Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Federal Minister of Health
    Erik Waddell
    613-957-0200