The Tobacco Industry Doesn
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada draw the attention of the Prime Minister of Canada to the following: THAT cigarettes are possibly the most marketed product in the world. While there is no reliable estimate of global cigarette marketing expenditures, it is clearly in the tens of billions of US dollars a year. Overwhelming independent research shows that tobacco advertising leads to increased consumption; THAT young people have the right to be protected from information that may harm their well-being. The Tobacco Industry spends billions of dollars annually around the globe on advertising, marketing and promotion. Every day, 80,000 young people around the world become addicted to tobacco; THAT young people have the right to be alive! Tobacco use killed 100 million people in the 20th century and if trends continue will kill 1 billion people in the 21st century, including 250 million children alive today who will die from tobacco related diseases; THEREFORE, your petitioners request the Government of Canada protect young people from tobacco industry exploitation by incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Canadian law, including an appeal mechanism that would give young people an ability to monitor this law AND encourage and support all countries which have ratified the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child to do the same.