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Tobacco Products Labelling Regulations (Cigarettes and Little Cigars) (SOR/2011-177)

Regulations are current to 2020-03-05 and last amended on 2019-11-09. Previous Versions

General Provisions (continued)

Marginal note:Permanence

 A labelling element that is displayed on a package or a leaflet must be irremovable.

Marginal note:Adaptation

 If a labelling element does not fit the portion of the display area that it must occupy or does not fit the dimensions of a leaflet that are determined in accordance with subsections 29(1) and (2), the labelling element must be adapted in accordance with the following requirements:

  • (a) its components must, to the extent possible, maintain the scale of the components in the source document;

  • (b) the positions of the components must, to the extent possible, be maintained relative to each other;

  • (c) the text may only be displaced to meet the requirements of section 8 or subsection 11(2); and

  • (d) the number of lines of text may only be adapted to avoid distortion of a component.

Marginal note:Stamp

  •  (1) A labelling element must not be applied on a tobacco excise stamp that is required under the Stamping and Marking of Tobacco Products Regulations.

  • Marginal note:Coverage

    (2) A labelling element may be concealed only by a tobacco excise stamp but to the least extent possible and to a maximum surface area of 180 mm2. In that case, the labelling element must be adapted in accordance with section 10 so that no component is concealed by the tobacco excise stamp.

  • 2018, c. 12, s. 113

Health Warnings

Marginal note:Display areas

 Health warnings must be displayed in respect of each type of package set out in column 1 of Schedule 1 on the display areas set out in column 2.

  • SOR/2019-107, s. 83

Marginal note:Portion of display area

  •  (1) The portion of a display area of a package on which a health warning must be displayed is at least 75% of each display area referred to in section 12.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/2019-107, s. 84]

  • (3) [Repealed, SOR/2019-107, s. 84]

  • (4) [Repealed, SOR/2019-107, s. 84]

  • (5) [Repealed, SOR/2019-107, s. 84]

  • Marginal note:Vertical

    (6) If, in relation to the top edge of a package, the height to width ratio of the display area is greater than or equal to 0.5, then the portion of the display area runs along that top edge and extends from the left edge to the right edge of the display area.

  • Marginal note:Horizontal

    (7) If, in relation to the top edge of a package, the height to width ratio of the display area is less than 0.5, then the portion of the display area runs along the left edge of the display area and extends from the bottom edge to the top edge of the package.

  • Marginal note:Space occupied and orientation of text

    (8) A health warning must completely occupy the portion of the display area and must be oriented in such a manner that its text is readable from left to right when the package is used in the customary manner to gain access to the tobacco product.

  • SOR/2019-107, s. 84

Marginal note:Package — two display areas

  •  (1) If a package has two display areas, the English version of a health warning set out in Set 1 of Part 1 of the source document must be displayed on one display area and the French version must be displayed on the other.

  • Marginal note:Package — one display area

    (2) If a package has one display area, a health warning in English and French set out in Set 2 of Part 1 of the source document must be displayed on the display area.

  • Marginal note:Package — cartons

    (3) In the case of a carton, the English version of a health warning set out in Set 1 of Part 1 of the source document must be displayed on one of the primary display areas set out in column 2 of item 10 of Schedule 1 and the French version must be displayed on the other. The English version of a different health warning set out in that Set 1 must be displayed on one of the two secondary display areas set out in the same column of the same item and the French version must be displayed on the other.

Marginal note:Proportional display

 A manufacturer must, in respect of each type of package of each brand of tobacco product that they package in a year, display each health warning on between 3.25% and 9.25% of the packages of those products.

Marginal note:Formats

 The format of a health warning set out in the source document that must be displayed on a package is the following:

  • (a) if the height to width ratio of the portion of the display area is less than 0.5, the “Elongated Landscape” format;

  • (b) if the height to width ratio of the portion of the display area is greater than or equal to 0.5 but less than or equal to 1.0, the “Landscape” format;

  • (c) if the height to width ratio of the portion of the display area is greater than 1.0 but less than or equal to 2, the “Portrait” format; and

  • (d) if the height to width ratio of the portion of the display area is greater than 2, the “Elongated Portrait” format.

Toxic Emissions Statements

Marginal note:Display areas

 A toxic emissions statement must be displayed in respect of each type of package set out in column 1 of Schedule 2 on the display areas set out in column 2.

  • SOR/2019-107, s. 85

Marginal note:Space occupied — small display area

  •  (1) If the display area on which the toxic emissions statement is required to be displayed is less than 10 cm2, the statement must completely occupy the display area.

  • Marginal note:Space occupied — large display area

    (2) In any other case except for cartons, if the display area on which the toxic emissions statement is required to be displayed is equal to or greater than 10 cm2, the statement must occupy the greater of 60% of the display area and 10 cm2.

  • Marginal note:Surface area

    (3) Except in the case of cartons, the portion of the display area on which the toxic emissions statement is required to be displayed does not have to exceed a surface area of 30 cm2.

  • Marginal note:Cartons

    (4) In the case of a carton, the portion of the display area on which the toxic emissions statement must be displayed is at least 50% of the display area.

  • Marginal note:Space occupied

    (5) For the purposes of subsections (2) to (4), the toxic emissions statement must completely occupy the portion of the display area.

  • (6) [Repealed, SOR/2019-107, s. 86]

  • (7) [Repealed, SOR/2019-107, s. 86]

  • SOR/2019-107, s. 86

Marginal note:Bilingual toxic emissions statement

 A toxic emissions statement must be displayed in English and French in the display area or the portion of the display area, as the case may be.

Marginal note:Proportional display

 A manufacturer must, in respect of each type of package of each brand of tobacco product that they package in a year, display each toxic emissions statement on between 22% and 28% of those products.

Marginal note:Formats

 The format of a toxic emissions statement set out in the source document that must be displayed on a package is the following:

  • (a) if the surface area of the display area or the portion of the display area, as the case may be, is less than or equal to 10 cm2, the “Landscape” format; and

  • (b) if the surface area of the display area or the portion of the display area, as the case may be, is greater than 10 cm2, the “Elongated Landscape” format.

Health Information Messages

Marginal note:Display areas

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), in the case of a slide and shell package, other than a slide and shell package with a lateral slide, a health information message must be displayed on either the two display areas of the package which are the upper slide-flap and the exterior surface of the slide or on a leaflet inserted in the package.

  • Marginal note:Orientation of health information message

    (2) When the package is used in the customary manner to gain access to the tobacco product, the health information message on the upper slide-flap and on the exterior surface of the slide must be oriented in the same direction as the health warning displayed on the package.

  • Marginal note:Exception — surface area

    (3) If the surface area of the exterior surface of the slide is less than 55 cm2, a health information message must be displayed on a leaflet inserted in the package.

  • Marginal note:Exception — height to width ratio

    (4) If, in relation to the top edge of the exterior surface of the slide, the height to width ratio of the exterior surface of the slide is greater than one, a health information message must be displayed on a leaflet inserted in the package.

 
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