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Canada’s physicians — who see the devastating effects of tobacco use every day in their practices — have been working for decades toward the goal of a smoke-free Canada. The CMA issued its first public warning about the hazards of tobacco in 1954, and has continued to advocate for the strongest possible measures to control its use.

The CMA has also been a leader in advocating for plain and standardized packaging for tobacco products for many years. We established our position in 1986 when we passed a resolution recommending to the federal government “that all tobacco products be sold in plain packages of standard size with the words ‘this product is injurious to your health’ printed in the same size lettering as the brand name, and that no extraneous information be printed on the package.”

The CMA has always supported strong, comprehensive tobacco control legislation — enacted and enforced by all levels of government — and we continue to do so.