Canadian Parliament Passes Plain Packaging Law

The Canadian Parliament has passed bill S-5 which overhauls the Tobacco Act in Canada. The move would impose plain packaging on all tobacco products in the country, including cigars.  The move was met with strong vocal opposition from the country’s largest manufactures, distributors and store owners.

While the bill does not state how and when the measure will be imposed it is expected to follow the measures already in place in countries like New Zealand and Australia which include a standardized color, font and warnings.

While no date has been mentioned a spokesperson for Health Canada said that regulations usually come into play 180 days after they are finalized by the department which has not yet happened.

Image via Health Canada

Image via Health Canada

Image via Health Canada

Image via Health Canada