Cigarette warning labels: Should they be more graphic?
- December 30, 2010 10:00 AM |
- By POV
An anti-smoking label featuring the late anti-smoking activist Barb Tarbox is displayed in Ottawa on Thursday. (CBC)
By CBC News
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced new requirements on Thursday for warning labels on cigarette packs.
Currently, the anti-smoking ads take up 50 per cent of the packaging, but the new warnings will be more graphic and to cover 75 per cent of the pack.
The ads will also display a phone number for a quit-smoking hotline.
Aglukkaq, who had initially planned to introduce the new labels in September, has been criticized for not bringing in the updated warnings sooner.
Earlier this month, CBC News revealed that tobacco executives have been carrying out a lobbying campaign against revised labelling for the past two years.
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