Canada's government has announced stronger measures to discourage people smoking. From August the 1st, every individual cigarette sold the country will have a warning label put it. Canada will be the first country to introduce such messages. The warnings will include messages "Cigarettes cause cancer," "Tobacco smoke harms children" and "Poison every puff." The government said: "This bold step will make health warning messages virtually unavoidable." A spokesperson the Canadian Cancer Society hailed the action taken the government. He said: "Having a warning every cigarette sold Canada is a world precedent-setting measure."
Canada announced its new anti-tobacco strategy World No Tobacco Day. The government has unveiled other measures to encourage smokers to quit, or to deter people taking the habit. There will be 28 graphic pictures highlighting the damaging health consequences smoking, as well as the harm cigarettes cause to the body's organs. These will appear the next two years. In addition, all warning labels cigarette packets will take a minimum of 75 per cent the main display area of the pack. Health Canada said the bold steps would increase the likelihood getting its message across. Smoking is the leading cause preventable disease and death Canada.