Tobacco Products Information Regulations
The Tobacco Products Information Regulations (TPIR) adopted under the authority of the Tobacco Act in 2000, represented a major departure from previous labelling approaches. Not only were the TPIR the first regulations to require graphic health warnings to be displayed, they also mandated the inclusion of health messages. The messages inform tobacco users about the benefits of quitting and provide smoking cessation tips to help users of tobacco products live a smoke-free life. The requirements for presenting toxic emission/constituent levels have also been expanded.
In September 2011, the Regulations Amending the Tobacco Products Information Regulations came into force. These regulations serve three main purposes: to remove the applicability of the TPIR to cigarettes and little cigars with the coming into force of the Tobacco Products Labelling Regulations (Cigarettes and Little Cigars); to respond to issues identified by Parliament's Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR); and to remove the obligation to list numerical values for toxic emissions.
The TPIR continues to apply to many tobacco products such as kreteks, bidis, leaf tobacco, cigars, pipe tobacco as well as smokeless tobacco products. View the health-related labels required by the TPIR.
Should you be a manufacturer and/or an importer of tobacco products (other than cigarettes and little cigars) and would like a copy of the amended source document entitled, Health Warnings and Information for Tobacco Products please contact the Health Canada Office in your region.
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