09/27/2011 09:01 EDT | Updated 11/27/2011 05:12 EST

Cigarette Packaging To Feature 'Horrifying' Images Starting In March (PHOTOS)

OTTAWA - Ottawa has finally approved bold new labelling for cigarette packages, telling tobacco manufacturers they have until March to conform.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq says the edict shows the government is making good on last winter's promise to horrify smokers into not smoking.

The new labelling will cover 75 per cent of cigarette packages, and include graphic pictures of a cancer-infected mouth, and of an emaciated, cancer-stricken Barb Tarbox.

She was an anti-smoking activist before dying of lung cancer at the age of 42, and her story — among others — will be featured in the new packaging.

Health advocates have praised the campaign, but were suspicious about the government's resolve to implement it.

Tobacco companies have said the campaign won't work, since the public already knows about the risks of smoking.

Retailers will have until next June to ensure all the packages in their stores conform to the new rules.

Check out our gallery of Canada's new cigarette warning labels, plus the new warning labels coming to the U.S. and Australia.