Expert advisory: Federal Government moves towards plain cigarette packaging

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Professor David Hammond, a leading tobacco control expert and professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, is available to speak on the Federal government’s move towards restricting the packaging of tobacco products.

Professor Hammond is one of the world’s preeminent experts in tobacco control and nutrition labelling. He has helped international governments shape and advance critical public health policies. In addition to preparing reports for the US Surgeon General and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Hammond has drafted guidelines for the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and testified at the European Parliament on the new tobacco products directive. He is among the top 10 most published authors in the field of tobacco control.

Health Minister Jane Philpott announced today that the government will begin a three-month online consultation process to seek feedback from the public on tobacco packaging and cigarette sizes to guide the development of new regulations. This year more than 37,000 Canadians will die from tobacco-related illnesses. The announcement marks the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day and follows the release of an 86-page report on plain packaging.

Professor Hammond is in Washington DC today receiving a special recognition award from the World Health Organization and can be reached at 226-748-3158 or by email david.hammond@uwaterloo.ca

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