Key Issues

in Product Regulation, Youth & Tobacco

Cigarillos: Cigarettes in Disguise

Kiddy packs have graphic health warnings on only one side of the box that are much smaller than the warnings required on cigarette packs.

How is this possible? When it comes to cigarettes, Canada has some of the toughest laws in the world. However, when a cigarette is wrapped in tobacco leaf instead of paper, it technically isn’t a cigarette but is instead a cigarillo. As a result, some of the laws designed to prevent youth access and protect public health don’t apply.

Don’t be fooled by the colourful packaging and fruity flavours: a cigarillo is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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