Health minister open to warnings on cigarettes as feds outline tobacco strategy – CP

Health minister open to warnings on cigarettes as feds outline tobacco strategy – CP

by ahnationtalk on May 31, 201853 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
May 31, 2018 

MONTREAL _ The federal health minister says she’d like to get the percentage of Canadians using tobacco down to less than five per cent by 2035, compared with 15 per cent today.

It’s a part of Canada’s tobacco strategy announced today, which is also World No Tobacco day.

Ginette Petitpas Taylor says $80.5 million set aside in the last federal budget will be used to get more Canadians to stop smoking.

An estimated 4 million Canadians still smoke and about 45,000 die each year from tobacco use.

She says that investments will be made in protecting youth, scientific research and helping to curb smoking in Indigenous communities, where rates are considerably higher.

Petitpas Taylor told a Montreal audience she’s also in favour of health warnings directly on cigarettes.

She says it’s something that is currently under study by her department, but described the measure as bold.

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