Consultation: Proposed Tobacco Products Packaging and Labelling Regulations

Current status: Open

Opened on June 11, 2022 and will close to new input on August 25, 2022.

Proposed Health-Related Messages - Cigarettes

cigarette labelling

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The image depicts 2 cigarette packages.

The package on the left is slightly open to display the new location of the health information message on the upper slide-flap of the package. The bottom of the package features a large pictorial health warning, quit line information, and the brand name. The left side of the package shows the toxicity information statement listing the toxic emissions and constituents found in cigarettes.

  • Health Information Message: New placement on extended upper flap
  • Toxicity Information: Side of pack and new format

The package on the right is fully opened to show the cigarettes with health warnings displayed on the tipping papers for each individual cigarette. The bottom of the package features a large pictorial health warning, quit line information, and the brand name. The left side of the package shows the toxicity information statement listing the toxic emissions and constituents found in cigarettes.

  • Health Warning on Cigarettes: On cigarette tipping paper
  • Health Warning: 75% Front and back of pack

Displayed in front of the two cigarette packages is a single cigarette with a health warning displayed on the tipping paper.

Health Canada invites you to comment on the proposed Regulations Amending the Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance) (proposed Regulations) and Order Amending Schedule 1 to the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act published in Canada Gazette, Part I on June 11, 2022.

The proposal would strengthen and update current health-related messages, extend labelling requirements to all tobacco product packages, implement periodic rotation of messages (every 24 to 36 months) and introduce text health warnings on individual cigarettes, little cigars that have a filter, and tubes, among other measures.

Further, the proposal would consolidate all tobacco product labelling and packaging requirements in a single set of regulations: the Tobacco Products Packaging and Labelling Regulations.

Join in: how to participate

  1. Read the proposed Regulations: Regulations Amending the Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance)
  2. Submit your comments by email to pregs@hc-sc.gc.ca

To obtain a copy of the proposed health-related messages, please send an email to pregs@hc-sc.gc.ca.

To request the Cost-benefit analysis report, please contact pregs@hc-sc.gc.ca

All comments must be received by August 25, 2022.

Who is the focus of this consultation?

We are seeking comments from:

Related information

The proposal would build on existing tobacco products packaging and labelling regulations.

Health-related messages currently displayed on tobacco product packaging required under the Tobacco Products Information Regulations (TPIR) and the Tobacco Products Labelling Regulations (Cigarettes and Little Cigars) (TPLR-CLC) have reached their maximum potential and need to be updated to remain impactful.

Young persons who experiment with tobacco usually obtain cigarettes one at a time through friends or other social sources and are therefore less exposed to the health warnings displayed on cigarette packaging.

Not all tobacco product packaging is currently subject to labelling requirements, including packages for products intended for use with devices (better known as heated tobacco products), those devices and their parts, water pipe tobacco, blunt wraps, as well as those for any novel tobacco product that may be introduced into the market in the future.

Canada is not yet fully compliant with its tobacco labelling obligations under Article 11 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), as not all tobacco product packaging is currently subject to labelling requirements.

2018 consultation summary: health-related labelling for tobacco products

In October 2018 Health Canada published “New Health-Related Labelling for Tobacco Products: Document for Consultation” and launched a public consultation on this document. To read a summary of the results, see the New Health-Related Labelling for Tobacco Products: Consultation Summary page.

Contact us

Anne Gabriel
Manager, Tobacco Labelling Division
Tobacco Products Regulatory Office
Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Health Canada
Email: pregs@hc-sc.gc.ca

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