Canada may ban tobacco ads

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Canada's health minister is attempting to ban all tobacco sales, marketing and advertising, just months after the Supreme Court ruled the country's partial ban on tobacco advertising violated the right to freedom of speech. Health Minister Diane Marleau announced Monday the government will seek an even tougher ban, saying the government has gathered enough health evidence to support one. This new effort is expected to set ground rules on sponsorship involving tobacco products, including restrictions on how such sponsorships may be promoted. It also is expected to restrict celebrity endorsements, ban in-store displays and mail-order sales to reduce smoking by youngsters, and toughen packaging and labeling requirements.

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