In Canada, a bold approach to warning labels on tobacco products could help make the country "smoke-free" by 2035, a leading tobacco manufacturer said today. The aim would be to create new specific warnings depending on the products and the risk involved.
Warning labels have not kept pace with innovations and the arrival of new products, including vaping products and heated tobacco, which pose health risks different from those of cigarettes, has Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. (RBH) in a presentation to Health Canada.
Ottawa should create new, tailored warning labels to ensure consumers understand the real risks posed by each tobacco product, RBH explained in its response to a government warning label consultation that came to an end today.
Currently, the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act encompasses all tobacco products and regulates them in the same way, even if the health consequences of each are different.
Cigarettes and other tobacco products that are burned are the most harmful to public health. RBH proposes that these articles continue to be subject to the most restrictive labeling requirements and warnings. The best decision for a smoker is to quit, RBH said, but some choose to continue smoking.
These individuals should have access to the most reliable and accurate information on the actual health effects of various tobacco products, including heated tobacco. Such an approach on the part ofOttawa help Canadians better understand the risks of smoking and less harmful options than smoking.
Health Canada already recognizes that the risks are not the same for all products that contain nicotine. The organization recently presented a draft statement on the comparative risks of vaping and smoked products. For its part, RBH is committed to Canada smoke free by 2035.
source : Newswire.ca/