This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, along with the widower and daughter of anti-smoking supporter Barb Tarbox, paid a visit to a school in Ottawa on Tuesday. Aglukkaq reportedly announced that tobacco industry has been instructed to sell revamped cigarette packages by June 2012.
The new pictures on the outside panels would include a snap of 42 year old Barb Tarbox, a chain-smoker who passed away due to lung cancer in 2003.
Aglukkaq said: “This is one story of many in Canada, and the family agreed to help and work with us to get their message to Canadians, and I thank them for their courage and their leadership in trying to reach out to young people.”
Talking to the teenagers in Ottawa, Pat Tarbox said the picture of his late wife “freaks out a lot people” and that is the main purpose of putting it on cigarette packages.
He said: “We’re hoping her image will have an impact on a lot of youth and that’s really what Barb wanted to do. It’s a stark reality of what cancer looks like. If you think smoking is cool, 20 years down the road, you don’t look so cool when you’re lying in a hospital bed deteriorating.”
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