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Ottawa Calls for Graphic Warnings on Cannabis Packaging

Seeks to minimize cannabis appeal to youths.




Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is advocating for the inclusion of graphic warning labels on cannabis product packaging, similar to those currently used on cigarette packages, as part of a nationwide effort in Canada to update cannabis regulations.

The recommendations, reported by CBC, put forth by OPH encompass a range of areas, including the positioning of cannabis stores and strategies to minimize the appeal of cannabis to young individuals.

Presently, cigarette packages in Canada feature graphic depictions of severe health conditions caused by smoking, such as strokes and cancer. In contrast, cannabis regulations stipulate plain packaging with a standardized cannabis symbol, product details, and a standard warning message in text format.

OPH supports its recommendations by citing research that demonstrates the effectiveness of plain packaging and health warnings in reducing the appeal of brands and enhancing health awareness among youth and young adults.

The proposals come as the federal government seeks public input on cannabis regulations in anticipation of an upcoming revision, projected to be released by early next year.




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