Health Canada unveils graphic new tobacco labels
Tobacco companies in Canada have until mid-June to have graphic new warning labels on their cigarette packages.
Some of the new labels will show Edmonton native Barb Tarbox on her deathbed. She was a well-known anti-tobacco advocate who died of lung cancer in 2003.
"I just think you should never start (smoking)," said her daughter, Mackenzie Tarbox, who joined Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to unveil the new packaging. "I graduated high school last year. . . she wasn't there for me."
Other labels will show oral cancer and holes in the throat where some smokers must breathe through.
Aglukkaq said Tuesday the companies have until March 21 to start manufacturing products with the new warnings.
They will cover three-quarters of the front and back of the packages of cigarettes and cigarillos.
Some people said they might just block out the warnings.
"(It's) not nice to look at. . . After a while you just don't look at the packaging," one person on the street said.
The regulations also ban the words "light" and "mild" from the packages.
With a report from CTV Ottawa health reporter Kate Eggins.
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