January 18, 2016
To put it plainly -- "delighted."
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada today welcomed the confirmation that the new government of Canada will be moving forward with regulations to require that cigarettes be sold in plain packaging.
On the occasion of National Non Smoking Week, Health Minister Jane Philpott released a message that "the Government of Canada will introduce new plain-packaging requirements for tobacco products."
"This commitment should be welcomed by all Canadians, as it will further protect young people and others from encouragements to experiment with tobacco products," said Dr. Atul Kapur, president of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada.
Once implemented, plain packaging regulations will bring Canada in line with advances made in several other countries. Plain packaging reforms have already been implemented in Australia, and adopted for implementation in the United Kingdom, Ireland and France.
"Despite the significant progress that has been made, there is still much to be done to reduce the heavy burden of tobacco use and nicotine addiction," said Dr. Kapur.
"We value the priority that this important measure has been given by the Minister and look forward to working with her and her officials to support this and other needed reforms."