Canada Wants To Be The First Country To Put Cancer Warnings On Individual Cigarettes
The new labels will be impossible to ignore.
Canada does a decent job when it comes to labelling cigarette packages with health warnings. Honestly, adding in creepy and sad images to stop someone from smoking is a pretty good idea to start with.
TL;DR The federal government is considering the addition of health warnings on individual cigarettes in an attempt to lower the number of smokers in Canada. The decision to add the labels along with updating the warnings already on cigarette packages will not be made until January 4, 2019
Still, people are going to continue to smoke. Sure, the labels may work on more impressionable, younger people but for anyone who's addicted to cigarettes it wouldn't do much at all.
Plus, there are many smokers (mostly under the legal age) that just buy individual cigarettes, so they wouldn't ever see any warnings themself.
In an attempt to address the 45,000 Canadians that die each year due to cigarette use, Health Canada might be about to make some seriously drastic changes to how they market cigarettes.
We might be the first country in the world to require the warnings of tobacco on individual cigarettes. This would be a pretty obvious change since it would be impossible to smoke a cigarette without first receiving a warning on its dangers.
The federal government is currently on an investigation into what the regulations are for cigarette packaging. With this new way of getting a clear message across being super cost-effective it looks like the new packaging and branding will be rolled out as soon as possible.
So far, Health Canada has come up with the idea of a small banner wrapping around the filter of a cigarette, with small phrases such as "Smoking Causes Cancer" to quickly and efficiently get the attention of users.
Not only is this an attempt to lower the number of smokers in Canada, but it'll also help police identify illegally-produced cigarettes since they won't include the new labels.
On top of this, the government is also looking at making an update with the warnings on cigarette packages, as well as changing them every year so that the impact they make is larger. Brighter colours and cartoons might also be added to the health warnings, but it's still under consideration.
The decision to update Canada's use of health warnings on cigarettes will be made on January 4, 2019. Who knows, the new eye-catching labels might be added to cigarettes sooner than you think.
Stay tuned for more information.