Anti-smoking advocates who support the Liberal government’s proposal to require plain packaging on tobacco products argue that Australia’s implementation of similar regulations has had a significant effect on smoking rates in that country.
Australia recently implemented cigarette packaging without warning labels, labels that you would find on cigarette packages in Ontario.
Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society, agrees and says research supports the effectiveness of plain packaging.
“If it wasn’t effective, the tobacco companies wouldn’t be so strongly opposed,” he said. “And it’s precisely because it’s going to have an effect on sales that they are going to lobby hard against it, threaten legal cases.”
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