Posted February 23, 2020 14:24:58In Canada, a new anti to smoking laws that went into effect earlier this month is already proving popular among young people and could prove to be a significant success in the years to come.
The country’s tobacco control legislation, which goes into effect on February 23 for businesses and public places, aims to ban smoking in public places including schools and workplaces and bars, including bars and clubs, as well as at sporting events, festivals and music festivals.
The new legislation also requires cigarette packaging and branding to be prominently displayed on the side of cigarettes, bars and nightclubs and to have a warning on the packaging stating “not recommended for children under 18 years old.”
The legislation is designed to reduce the number of people smoking and the number who become addicted to smoking, said a spokesman for Health Canada.
The government says it is the first of its kind in North America and it aims to be the first in Europe, where smoking rates have been falling.
“This is the biggest piece of legislation we have seen,” said Andrew McLeod, chief executive officer of the Canadian Council for Tobacco Research.
“It has been designed in a way that is targeted at reducing smoking, which is a really big issue.”
The health agency said the legislation is expected to save the Canadian economy millions of dollars in lost productivity, reduce the prevalence of the disease, save the lives of millions of Canadians and reduce the risks to Canadians.
“It’s not a perfect law but it’s a good start,” said David Sinclair, president of the American Lung Association.
The Tobacco Control Act is one of many initiatives introduced in Canada in the past year.
It is also the first to require all retailers and restaurants to display warnings on their menus stating that tobacco products are not recommended for minors.
The law is expected help Canada cut its smoking rate by nearly two-thirds by 2023.
A national survey by Ipsos Reid and the Angus Reid Institute, conducted between February and April of this year, found Canadians want to see a ban on smoking in all public places and in workplaces.
More than 80 per cent of those surveyed said they supported the government’s effort to reduce smoking rates.