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It is time for the federal government to slow down the runaway train of plain packaging legislation until all the benefits and impacts have been identified.
Restrictions implemented in Australia have resulted in no meaningful decrease in already downwardly trending tobacco consumption rates -- and virtually no impact whatsoever in youth consumption rates in particular. Can Canada expect plain packaging regulation to offer any real improvements to smoking rates?
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Prompted by World Tobacco Day, activists from the international grassroots activist group Students For Liberty took to Parliament Hill on Tuesday to hand out their "No Nanny" plain-packaged chocolate bars to legislators and federal employees.
Government will consult with Canadians on anti-smoking measures.