Province should ban flavoured tobacco

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Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness, disability and premature death in Canada. We are making inroads, but the most vulnerable among us are still smoking in unacceptable numbers.

The latest National Youth Smoking Survey revealed that 52 per cent of Canadian high school students who had used tobacco products in the previous 30 days had used flavoured products.

The Federal Tobacco Act prohibits flavours other than menthol in cigarettes and cigarillos (cigars weighing less than 1.4 grams). But some tobacco companies have found a way around the law by increasing the weight of cigarillos to more than 1.4 grams which allows them to add flavours, such as chocolate and strawberry, to the product. These are appealing to youth and young adults, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will start smoking.

Canadian provinces are considering banning flavoured tobacco. The Heart and Stroke Foundation strongly urges the provincial government to do the same. Swift action is needed to product our youth from the tragic health consequences of tobacco use.

Heather Percy, director, health promotion and resuscitation programs, Newfoundland and Labrador Heart and Stroke Foundation

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Heart and Stroke Foundation

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  • doug
    February 10, 2014 - 20:10

    They should ban all tobacco

  • harleyrider1978
    February 10, 2014 - 18:23

    Simple Ban children! You use them for every control agenda movement you can come up with just as Hitler did! Perhaps you will want to force the kids to wear Brown Shirts and sing nationalistic German socialist songs next. Then teach them thru the schools to be good Socialists for the State denying independence and Individual will! After you’ve taught them to snitch out everything imaginable they watch their Parents hauled off to a state run reeducation camp like a Quitters Class and force them to intake nicotine via a pharma patch or force inject them with a Chantix drug or even one of the new Vaccines to cure smoking Addiction as you call it! Ah yes we can expect much from utilizing the Fuhrers handbook on how to create a conformist state to the wills of the state mandates. We are the state and you will submit,we command it! Except the smokers are hardcore fighters,they do not submit they fight back the same as Winston Churchill did against Hitler and his third reich! Fighting against you the state is no different.

  • harleyrider1978
    February 10, 2014 - 18:19

    JOINT STATEMENT ON THE RE-ASSESSMENT OF THE TOXICOLOGICAL TESTING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS" 7 October, the COT meeting on 26 October and the COC meeting on 18 November 2004. "5. The Committees commented that tobacco smoke was a highly complex chemical mixture and that the causative agents for smoke induced diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, effects on reproduction and on offspring) was unknown. The mechanisms by which tobacco induced adverse effects were not established. The best information related to tobacco smoke - induced lung cancer, but even in this instance a detailed mechanism was not available. The Committees therefore agreed that on the basis of current knowledge it would be very difficult to identify a toxicological testing strategy or a biomonitoring approach for use in volunteer studies with smokers where the end-points determined or biomarkers measured were predictive of the overall burden of tobacco-induced adverse disease." In other words ... our first hand smoke theory is so lame we can't even design a bogus lab experiment to prove it. In fact ... we don't even know how tobacco does all of the magical things we claim it does. The greatest threat to the second hand theory is the weakness of the first hand theory.

  • Gerry
    February 10, 2014 - 09:30

    the feds & proviniciall governments want to ban flavoured tobacco because it can lead to increased smoking? But Vancouver now has a crack-pipe vending machine for a quarter offering 'safer inhalation supplies' ....fuggin' insanity....

  • Iro
    February 10, 2014 - 08:37

    Ok. But let's do the same for kid friendly flavored alcohol, candy, soda and anything unhealthy for them. I bet the adults would be outraged with such bans more than children because pleasant flavors are not necessarily just for kids.