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Bigger, more graphic cigarette labels coming soon

New labels will cover 75% of package


 

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq has announced new rules that will force tobacco companies to include larger and more graphic anti-smoking labels on cigarette packages. One of the new labels features the late anti-smoking activist Barb Tarbox on her deathbed. Tarbox died from lung cancer in 2003 at age 42. The labels, which will cover 75 per cent of the cigarette pack, are part of an aggressive anti-smoking campaign that Aglukkaq hopes to introduce “as soon as possible.”

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  1. Wow….seems to be a lot of misinformation on this story from all sides. What I am failing to understand is where all these claims earlier this month that the government had abruptly scrapped the warning label program came from? For example:
    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/12/09/aglukka

    Of course, the opposition gets to claim that the government buckled to pressure, but as far as I can see, the government really never did scrap the program. It seems to me that only the opposition and the media made that claim. I'm sure some of you out there have the inside scoop though…

    • I dunno; smells like a flip-flop (or a hurried scrapping of a promise to collude) to me…

  2. Ok..why not ban the damn things then, if you are going to subject people to torture porn in gas stations etc? Is it because the farm lobby still wants govt bread for producing an product increasing unaffordable to the depressed economy, so the cigs just pile up in a warehouse somewhere? Why not switch to subsiding something useful?

  3. Do-gooders—the scourge of the 21st Century.

  4. when people smoke they should have to show their health care card and then at their personal premiums should go way up…like for instance if you tried to buy life insurance and are a smoker you would pay more …why should the taxpayer subsidize smokers health care costs

    • Slippery slope my friend. If this is as you suggest, then there should be a check list: Do you drink wine or beer? Do you eat too much cake? Do you work out enough during the week? The guy living next door to you runs 5 miles every morning and is in pretty good health. On paper he seems to be less of a risk than you because you only run 4 miles every morning. I should be allowed to put big posters in front of your house suggesting that your life style is not only less than perfect, it's even somewhat repulsive. Four miles?? What's the matter with you?? Don't you realize we think it's totally unhealthy to run less than five? What ae you eating for breakfast by the way? Have you NOT seen the big ugly pictures we put on the Apple Lacks box!!!!!

      • it's interesting that life insurance companies can charge you more just because you check the box that you are a smoker … however, to agree with you partially… prime example is obama seems to be quite health conscious in regards to food and exercise yet he was a smoker for more than two decades

        • People should take responsibility for their choices and stop expecting insurance to cover for their bad ones.

    • Considering the tax that smokers pay on their product (over 80% of the cost), it would seem that smokers are subsidizing your health care, sir.

      • Do not kid yourself. Cigarettes are a cancer and heart disease delivery system. They seriously sicken 1 in 3 people who partake of their "delights". They also adversely affect the people who are passively exposed to them. There is NO way that the taxes collected on the sale of smokes could possibley pay for the costs to the health care system incurred by smokers and their families due to cancer, heart & vascular diseases, respiratory disease, and on and on. To even suggest that that tax would subsidize non-smoker's health care is ridiculous. I do remember some years ago, the tobacco companies suggesting that smokers cost the system less money. Their argument – they die from smoking related illness before they can cost the health care system too much.

        • I wish they would put warning labels on Soda…or chocolate….or coffee….or Alcohol….or ju-jubes
          The labels are ridiculous and a waste of money

    • Either you want privatized medicine or you don't. Whether you realize it or not, framing such an argument about cigarette smokers is merely cloaking an argument for private health care.

  5. When I drive down the hwy from my town to the next town (35km) I pass by 7 smoke shops run by the Indians. These are supposedly illegal cigarettes since they have no seals, no warnings or markings and are packaged in plastic bags. What stupidity is this when legal cigarettes are being targetted for health reasons but the illegal ones are left alone? Vehicles pull into these little smoke shops in a constant barrage and nothing is ever done. Why is this?

    • John, John, John…. shhhh man. Bringing up the obvious isn't going to win you any friends in a place like this. There's BIGGER issues here….. I'm sure of it. Besides,tThe anti-smoking campaign is much like the environmentalist movements like Greenpeace after all. They know better than to fight battles they can't win. You don't see Greenpeace fighting with Chavez over his oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico (that dwarf BP's spill by an order of magnitude) do you? Chavez not only ignores Greenpeace, he's not aware they exist. The shops you speak about? Pretty much the same thing.

      Regards
      Dave

  6. “””when people smoke they should have to show their health care card and then at their personal premiums should go way up…like for instance if you tried to buy life insurance and are a smoker you would pay more …why should the taxpayer subsidize smokers health care costs”””

    Slippery slope my friend. If this is as you suggest, then there should be a check list: Do you drink wine or beer? Do you eat too much cake? Do you work out enough during the week? The guy living next door to you runs 5 miles every morning and is in pretty good health. On paper he seems to be less of a risk than you because you only run 4 miles every morning. I should be allowed to put big posters in front of your house suggesting that your life style is not only less than perfect, it's even somewhat repulsive. Four miles?? What's the matter with you?? Don't you realize we think it's totally unhealthy to run less than five? What are you eating for breakfast by the way? Have you NOT seen the big ugly pictures we put on the AppleJacks box!!!!!

    And yes folks, eating unhealthy Applejacks kills more people than eating yogurt every morning. Get it together. You're next.

    Regards
    Dave

    • We could start with smoking and expand from there. No reason to throw in the towel just because it might be a little difficult to organize a system. My suggestion would be that you would be rewarded for good behaviors rather than punished for bad. Sort of like the airmiles program. Win a trip if you do all the right things to keep yourself healthy!

  7. Ralph Klein should volunteer to appear in his oxygen mask, it would be a great public service.

  8. Well I bought what will hopefully be my last pack of cigarettes ever this morning. I'm looking forward to quitting tomorrow. New Years resolutions are kind of lame, but I'm sick of my tobacco addiction and have done things like make a list of the benefits that will accrue now that I'm quitting.

    • DerekPearce, I Quit smoking after forty years of being addicted to the littlle white killer, I smoked 2.5 pkgs. a day, sometimes more,If I can Quit anybody can if you put your mind to it ,, (The patch really was a help for me.) It's to late for me now because I was diagnosed with Emphysema, and Barrets Esophagus.. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I come from an Era where Smoking was considered Glamourous and cool, hell, we even smoked in the Drs. office…So take the warnings on these Packages very seriously, because this ''Can '' happen to you….I sincerely wish you Success in your Quest to quit smoking….Peace, Love,and good health in 2011…..TN.

    • Go For It Derek. I quit 18 months ago after 20+ years. Use any method you want and if you relaps don't consider all lost, just keep trying and you'll make it.

    • Thanks, both of you, appreciate it. Feeling a tiny bit cranky and little bit more tired than normal but so far so good.

      • A littlle bit ''Cranky'' is just a sign of determination…….

  9. Yea, I don't drive so why should I subsidize air-polluting drivers who crash and lay in MY TAX DOLLAR hospital bed? They should have mandatory pictures on vehicles – one side depicts that same lung cancer patient (who never smoked of course) gasping on the street during morning rush hour and on the other side a guy mangled in his vehicle (with a black rectangle across his eyes of course). And not to be left undone, a nice big fat perforated liver staring at the alkie as he picks up his forty pounder. I would even suggest putting a piece of one in the bottle like that little mescali worm, all bloated in the bottom of the Tequila bottle. Ya want shock value eh Ottawa? Put a warning sign the above Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Center…"There's No Life Like It If You Return Home" Be done with this righteousness and the scaring of the children. They don't drink, smoke or kill, we do!

    • Terry, your comments cannot change the fact that smoking sickens and kills many. It is a habit with no redeming qualities and if cigarettes were invented today, they would never be allowed on the market. Even if you are a smoker who wants to keep smoking, you must realize that it is important that we try to keep young people from starting.

  10. This was a wast of money,1 you cannot see any type of ads on any media 2 you cant see them where sold till you buy.When the first warnings came out you could buy covers that were far worse,money would have been better spent.

  11. Has anyone ever floated the idea of going after the people who purchase illegal cigarettes? You would have to have an Indian Status Identity Card to sell or buy these cigarettes. They have picture ID.

    Of course policing it would be overwhelming. Some states in the USA have laws for fireworks where it is illegal to posses them, but you can buy them on a native reserve but have to set them off while on the reserve. They do spot checks and if you are caught, you are fined. Just a thought.

    The butt collecting project they did last year revealed a large percentage of these illegal smokes showing up around schools AND government buildings. Great place to do a test run, lol!

  12. Good luck to anyone who is trying to quit. I know some of you are very much against pharmaceutical products but there are some very good ones out right now to help you to quit smoking. You take them for the short term and they take away the cravings. Just remember, it is really the best decision you will ever make.

  13. Right because gross pictures on a box are really going to work. After all the pictures already on the box work so well, so making them bigger is obvious…

    • So you are saying that deterents don't work then ??

      • Are you saying those pictures are deterrents?

        • Maybe not for everyone, but the one with the destroyed lung works for me………

          • It seems to me that the pictures only influence those who a) are already smoking, b) want to quit anyways. A graphic image of what is likely to happen to you if you persist won't actually change your mind.

          • But we won't know lest we try………

          • I guess. It just seems so arbitrary and pointless to me. Why is 75% of the package good and not 10%? Why not 100% plus the brand name?

            They also run the risk of desensitizing people I would think. If you smoke a pack a day or a week or what ever, you've ended up seeing these pictures so often they become meaningless, no? Who then are they for?

    • Biggers better…..