Canada to Introduce New Warning Labels on Cigarette Packs in Bid to Cut Smoking Rate

Canada wants to become a country where there will soon be almost no smokers. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte/dpa

A new requirement is to be phased in in Canada starting August 1, to help reduce the smoking rate to less than 5 percent by 2035. How is this supposed to work?

Ottawa – In You have every single cigarette will in future be provided with a warning. This was announced by the country’s government on Wednesday (local time). Sayings like “poison in every train”, “tobacco smoke harms children” or “cigarettes cause cancer” are planned, the broadcaster CBC reported. The new requirement will be gradually introduced from August 1st, the government said. It should help reduce the smoking rate to less than five percent by 2035. According to the Canadian media, this is currently around 13 percent, in 1965 it was around 50 percent.

Canada is considered a global leader in tobacco control. The newspaper “The Globe and Mail” pointed out that the country was the first in the world to introduce shock images on cigarette packs in 2001. The stricter rules should now warn even more clearly of health risks. The aim is to deter young people and non-smokers, encourage smokers to quit and reduce the number of tobacco-related deaths. According to the government, 48,000 people die every year in Canada as a result of tobacco use.

Australia also announced on Wednesday – just in time for World No Tobacco Day – that in the future not only packs but also individual butts would be provided with warnings. In addition, flavored cigarettes and slim cigarettes are to be banned there. The smoking rate, which is currently twelve percent, should also be reduced to below five percent in Australia, but by 2030. In Germany, according to the Federal Ministry for Health a total of 23.8 percent of women and men aged 18 and over.