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Graphic Health Warning for Smoking in Canada

Graphic Health Warning for Smoking in Canada

The 8 pictures shown above are photocopies of the cigarette package bought in the province of Quebec, Canada,
in October 2007.

Tobacco product packaging displays health information messages on diseases caused by tobacco use or
tips on quitting smoking, which is printed on the inside slider or leaflet. The regulation that allowed for
these images became law in June 2000, making Canada the first country in the world to implement
such strong labelling and reporting measures.

いずれも2007年10月にカナダ・ケベック州にて購入したタバコの箱を撮影した。カナダ政府(Health Canada)



The United Nations health agency called on governments to require that all tobacco packages include
pictures to warn consumers of the ill effects of tobacco use, which kills more than five million people every
year. Studies reveal that even among people who believe tobacco is harmful, few understand its specific
health risks. Health warnings on tobacco packages are a simple, cheap and effective strategy that can
vastly reduce tobacco use and save lives. Studies on the country of Brazil, Canada, Singapore and Thailand,
in which the use of warnings employing both pictures and text was carried out, reveal remarkably consistent
findings on their positive impact.
Source: 2009.5.29 WHO


引用 2009.5.30 ジュネーブ 共同通信

Tobacco Product Labelling 2011

Graphic tobacco product labelling requirements were first adopted in 2000 to increase awareness of the health
and health effects associated with tobacco use. It establishes the current requirements for the health-related
information that must be displayed on tobacco products sold in Canada. It includes health warning messages,
health information messages and information about their toxic emissions or constituents. Research has shown
that while these messages were effective in raising awareness of the health influence associated with tobacco
use, they have reached their maximum potential. The proposed regulations would require the display of 16
new health warning messages, 8 health information messages, and 4 toxic emissions statements on cigarette
and little cigar packages.

The labels combine strong images with messages that are noticeable, informative and credible. In September
2011, the Tobacco Products Labelling Regulations (Cigarettes and Little Cigars) came into force with streng-
thened labelling requirements for cigarettes and little cigar packages. Key features of the proposed regulations

  • graphic health warnings that cover 75% of the front and back of packages and include
  • a pan-Canadian quitline number and web address;
  • health information messages enhanced with colour; and
  • easy to understand toxic emissions statements.
Source: Health Canada

Tobacco packaging warning messages are warning messages that appear on the packaging of cigarettes
and other tobacco products concerning the health effects of those products. They have been implemented
in an effort to enhance the public's awareness of the harmful effects of smoking.

Health Warning Canada   Brazil

2006年10月執筆 2007年9月加筆 2009年5月加筆  2011年10月加筆
執筆 医学博士  宮本順伯

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This article was written and revised in October 2006 and October 2011, respectively,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.
Copyright(C) 2006 Junhaku Miyamoto, All rights reserved.

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