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Canada plans stronger health warnings on cigarette packs

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 15 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:140
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    Canada is poised to set a precedent in tobacco health warnings with what campaigners hope will be graphic new labelling on cigarette packs. Health minister Allan Rock is expected to announce an “intent to legislate” on cigarette packaging reform around the middle of this month.

    Last January the government promised to change health warning labels on cigarette packs after intense lobbying from a panel of 26 experts acting on behalf of 130 health agencies and professions. Canada last introduced innovative packaging reforms in 1994, but these are now considered to have lost some of their impact.

    The precise content of the warnings will not be published until a month to six …

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