Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada

Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada

February 18, 2011 14:36 ET

New Tobacco Regulations Welcomed

Physicians group welcomes Ottawa's move to enlarge tobacco warnings and curb tobacco package marketing

Attention: Health/Medical Editor, News Editor OTTAWA--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2011) - Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada today welcomed the 'Gazetting' of three sets of proposed regulations for tobacco products.

"As she promised, the Minister is delivering new regulations to increases the size of health warning messages from 50% of the package front and back to 75%," said Cynthia Callard, executive director of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada. "The new Canadian warnings will be among the largest in the world."

The government is also moving forward with other regulations that had been delayed, including a regulatory ban on the use of the words 'light' and 'mild' and an end to the use of numbers on cigarette packages that misled smokers into thinking that some brands of cigarettes were less harmful.

"The law requires that tobacco regulations be presented to the House of Commons for consideration," explained Callard. "We will be looking to parliamentarians to support these regulations, and to encourage the government to move even further to protect public health from tobacco industry marketing."

Contact Information

  • Cynthia Callard, Executive Director, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada
    Primary Phone: 613-233-4878
    Secondary Phone: 613-600-5794