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Tobacco Companies Say Warnings Impede Freedom of Expression

Freedom fighters are just looking out for Canadians' right to sell addictive cancer-causing products as easily as possible.

Oh, the tobacco industry - what a lovable bunch of soulless death merchants they can be sometimes. Two tobacco companies have appealed to the Ontario Superior Court to strike down federal regulations that require all cigarette packages in Canada to feature warning labels that take up 75 per cent of a pack of cigarettes, claiming that the rule infringes on their Charter-guaranteed freedom of expression. Imperial Tobacco and JTI-Macdonald, two of the biggest tobacco manufacturers in Canada, claim that such regulations are (seriously) "avoiding the country's number one tobacco problem, the illegal tobacco market (that) avoids all taxes and current regulations." Yep, those illegal contraband smokes are a far bigger concern than the billions of dollars that (perfectly legal) cigarette smoking bleeds from the country's healthcare systems. Anyhow, Canadian courts have ruled previously that warning labels that take up 50 per cent of a package are perfectly legal and congruent with the Charter, but let's hope that those delightful rogues responsible for the deaths of millions of people around the world can finally win a little respect from the country's legal minds.



Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012

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