TORONTO — The Ontario government is being urged to implement yet another ban on candy-flavoured tobacco products after the industry found a loophole in the current law.
New Democrat France Gelinas says a 2010 ban on cigarillos with flavours like chocolate and cherry hadn’t even taken effect when the industry found a way around the law.
Companies simply added more tobacco and removed the filter to skirt the law, so Gelinas is introducing another bill to ban all candy-flavoured tobacco products, including new lozenges and sticks.
She says they smell so good and look so much like candy they appeal to everyone, especially young people.
Gelinas says even the packaging is designed to appeal to kids and she suspects parents would never take them for tobacco products when spotted in their kids’ backpacks.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation says there’s no doubt the tobacco industry is targeting the next generation of smokers with the flavoured products.