Resources Library – Hot Topic – Plain Packaging
Hot Topic – Plain Packaging
Health Canada’s new regulations on plain packaging have taken effect on November 9, 2019. Retailers have a 90-day window to off-load their remaining inventory.
All packaging must now feature the same brown base colour, basic grey text and minimalist layout under the new requirements. The measures also standardize the size and appearance of cigarettes, cigars and other products inside the packages.
The decision to adopt plain packaging for tobacco products was first announced by Health Canada on May 1st, 2019. These packages and products are powerful promotional vehicles. Reducing the appeal of tobacco products is an important step toward protecting Canadians, particularly youth, from inducements to using tobacco products and from the consequent dependence on them.
Links to official information on legislation in Canada regarding plain and standardized packaging:
- Bill S-5: An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
- Health Canada Backgrounder on Plain and Standardized Packaging
- Canada now has the best tobacco plain packaging regulations in the world – Canadian Cancer Society (News Release – May 2019)
In the news:
Resources on Plain Packaging
Infographic presented by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact.
Report on plain packaging legislation around the world and what it entails.
The Plain Truth – Learn about Plain and Standardized Tobacco Packaging – Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco
The Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco created this site to help raise awareness of the need of plain and standardized tobacco packaging in Canada. Currently, 18% of Canadians smoke and this represents 5.4 million Canadians.