Canada becomes the first country to print warning signs on each individual cigarette

Warning messages like “Cigarettes damage your organs,” “Cigarettes cause impotence,” “Poison in every puff,” will be mandatory August onwards.
Sejal Sharma
Warnings that will be printed on individual cigarettes
Warnings that will be printed on individual cigarettes 

Cigarette packets come with an array of graphic and sometimes disturbing photos of lungs and throats corroded by excessive smoking. The boxes are often accompanied by messages like “Cigarettes are addictive,” “Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease,” “Tobacco smoke can harm your children,” and “Cigarettes cause cancer.”

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control requires warning messages to promote awareness against smoking.

Approximately 126 countries are mandated by law to have pictorial health warning labels printed on packages of cigarettes, as per Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

We have some unpleasant news if you thought the graphic images on cigarette packets annoyed us.

Canada is adamant about drilling the message in every smoker’s mind that there is ‘poison in every puff.’ 

It has become the first nation in the world where a warning message will be printed on each cigarette. The country announced the new Tobacco Products Appearance, Packaging, and Labeling Regulations on World No Tobacco Day, commemorated on May 31.

This is an effort to help adult smokers quit the nasty habit and to protect youth and non-tobacco users from nicotine addiction, said the Government of Canada’s press release

“Tobacco use continues to kill 48,000 Canadians each year,” said Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, who announced the new warning labels in the press release.

“This bold step will make health warning messages virtually unavoidable, and together with updated graphic images displayed on the package, will provide a real and startling reminder of the health consequences of smoking. We will continue to do whatever it takes to help more people in Canada stop smoking and help young people to live healthy tobacco-free lives,” she added.

The warning will appear at the butt of each cigarette in bold black letters

Labeling the paper of individual cigarettes will make it very hard for a consumer to avoid health warnings like “Cigarettes damage your organs,” “Cigarettes cause impotence,” and “Poison in every puff.”

The regulation will come into effect on August 1, 2023, as Canada plans to reach a target of less than 5% tobacco use by 2035.

World Health Organization estimates that the tobacco endemic is a global threat, with over 22.3% of the worldwide population using tobacco - roughly 36 percent of all men and 7.8 percent of women. It kills over 8 million people a year and leads to an additional 1.2 million deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke.

As per the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), cigarette smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body - mouth and throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, voicebox (larynx), trachea, bronchus, kidney and renal pelvis, urinary bladder, and cervix, and causes acute myeloid leukemia.

But it’s not only the smoker who suffers because secondhand smoke is also known to cause lung cancer. According to the CDC, when a person breathes in secondhand smoke, it is like they are smoking. various

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