Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Contacts - Minister of Health (Federal Government Contact)

Recently, the Canadian Government decided to scrap an initiative to re-vamp cigarette packaging; after already spending millions of dollars. They decided to instead focus on contraband cigarettes. This is short-sighted as it is important to take multi-directional approaches to smoking cessation.

Take the time to contact the following individuals:
Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health
Phone: 613-957-0200
FAX: 613-952-1154

Glenda Yates, Deputy Minister of Health
Phone: 613-952-8422
FAX: 613-952-5989

Anne-Marie Robinson, Associate Deputy Minister
Phone: 613-957-7701
FAX: 613-957-1118

Here is a sample letter:

I was extremely disappointed of the decision to scrap updating the warning labels on cigarette packages. Not only are we extremely behind other countries on this issue (in terms of graphic pictures and how much of the packaging is covered), but we have already spent millions of dollars on this project.

While I understand it's important to spread funds across various areas to tackle the issue of smoking, it is crucial that we don't take a uni-directional approach. Contraband tobacco may be an important area to target, but it isn't going to do anything for those who can afford cigarettes.

The effects of smoking already cost the health care system millions of tax dollars. It would be short-sighted to think that we cannot afford this initiative because in reality, we cannot afford not changing the packaging of cigarettes.

I truly urge you to go ahead with this project. In addition to improving the health of Canadians, it is going to save the system a lot of money in the long run.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

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