OTTAWA, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
today hailed the federal government's adoption of new tobacco package
The new warnings will contain many important features that are critical
to an effective warning system, including larger warnings, which will
increase in size from 50 per cent to 75 per cent of the principal
display areas of the tobacco package.
Almost 11,000 Canadians die annually from smoking-attributable heart
disease and stroke. "Research indicates that larger and more visible
warnings are more likely to effectively support efforts against
smoking," says Bobbe Wood, President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation
of Canada. "Ultimately, this initiative will help reduce death and
disability caused by tobacco industry products."
The warnings will also include strong, emotionally impactful messages,
testimonials by real victims of tobacco industry products and a
toll-free national smoking cessation telephone number.
"The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada commends Minister Aglukkaq on
this important initiative," says Wood. "We've learned that when it
comes to tobacco control, we must be comprehensive, and a key component
of a comprehensive approach includes strong, graphic and
prominent warnings on tobacco packaging."
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact
through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion
of healthy living, and advocacy. (heartandstroke.ca)
SOURCE HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF CANADA
For further information:
Eileen Melnick McCarthy
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
613-569-4361, ext 318