Tobacco (102) Every Canadian cigarette will soon carry a health warning

1 June, 2023

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Canada will soon print warning labels directly on cigarettes in a world-first, the country's health agency announced.

New packaging will feature a warning on each cigarette with phrases like: "Cigarettes cause cancer" and "Poison in every puff".

The regulation will come into effect on 1 August, Health Canada said.

It is part of an effort to reduce tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035.

In an announcement on Wednesday, Health Canada said the new regulations "will make it virtually impossible to avoid health warnings" on tobacco products.


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