The tobacco industry’s practice of blocking or delaying measures to protect health is a problem in Canada as it is world-wide. This interference is a problem that has for decades hindered efforts by Canadian federal, provincial and municipal governments to protect the public from tobacco use. It is behaviour that has been proven and condemned in court. In a scathing ruling against the three Canadian cigarette manufacturers in May 2015, the Quebec Superior Court determined that the companies had colluded in the last half of the 20th century “to delay and water down to the maximum extent possible the measures that [the government of] Canada wished to implement to warn consumers of the dangers of smoking as much as possible.” Even in recent years the industry has been able to trigger delays in regulations.
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