Under these regulations, tobacco manufacturers and importers must provide Health Canada with annual reports which include their sales data, manufacturing information, tobacco product ingredients, toxic constituents, toxic emissions, research activities and promotional activities.
Canadian manufacturers and importers must provide Health Canada with information about their tobacco products and, where applicable, their emissions. In addition to information on sales, ingredients, manufacturing procedures, promotional activities and research activities, they must report on over 20 constituents and 40 emissions.
The regulations incorporate by reference a number of official methods that must be followed when dealing with the following:
Consult the latest Tobacco Reporting Regulations - Regulation June 2000. The Tobacco Reporting Regulations were amended in 2005 by the Regulations Amending the Tobacco Reporting Regulations to require that three toxicity tests be performed on cigarette emissions annually and that the results be reported to the Minister of Health. These regulations were registered on June 7, 2005 and were published in the June 29, 2005 issue of the Canada Gazette Part II.
The Proposed Regulations Amending the Tobacco Reporting Regulations were reviewed by the Standing Committee on Health that made the following recommendation in their Sixth Report (38th Parliament, 1st Session):
"That all information to be submitted to Health Canada under these regulations be made public. If need be, the Minister of Health should authorize its disclosure in the public interest in accordance with Section 20 (6) of the Access to Information Act."
The Government Response to the report of the Standing Committee on Health on proposed regulations amending the Tobacco Reporting Regulations agrees fully with the spirit and intent of Standing Committee's recommendation. The government reiterates in the response that it is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and, in particular, ensuring that Canadians have access to information that can help make them make informed decisions on policies and practices that affect their well-being.