Canadians Believe in Equal Application in Packaging Standards for Marijuana and Tobacco Cigarette’s, Choose Branded Packages Over Generic Packaging Citing Concern for Rise in Criminal Counterfeiting
A new national Canadian public opinion survey for the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) and the National Convenience Stores Distributors Association of Canada (NACDA) finds that nine in 10 (87%) Canadians believe that current tobacco cigarette
packaging regulations should be applied equally to marijuana cigarette packaging.
Further, two thirds (64%) of Canadians reject any imposition of a generic package for either tobacco and marijuana cigarettes, and five times as many Canadians (40%) believe the generic package could most likely contribute to counterfeiting of tobacco and marijuana
cigarettes versus the branded package which is now in place (8%).
And, after Canadians learn about the Australian experience since 2012 with respect to the imposition of generic packaging and higher taxes and the concurrent increase in contraband/counterfeit products, support for the branded package status quo rises significantly from 64% to 78% (up 14 points.)