Federal government moves ahead on plain packaging for cigarettes
The federal government is moving forward with its plan to make tobacco companies adopt generic packaging on cigarette packs.
Plain packaging featuring standard sizes, neutral fonts and the same dull colour for all brands has already been adopted in Australia, and is about to begin in France, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
On Tuesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada posted a public tender for a "cost-benefit analysis of the plain packaging of tobacco products." The request states: "The Government of Canada has committed to introducing plain packaging requirements for tobacco products, similar to those in Australia and the United Kingdom. Such measures could consider prohibiting elements such as brand colours, logos, and graphics on tobacco packages."