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A leaked document from Imperial Tobacco shows how the Canadian Convenience Stores Association and its affiliate were used as front groups to block health regulations and tobacco taxes
Public consultations open on plain and standardized packaging.
Federal Health Minister proposes a ban on menthol in tobacco products. Hurray!
Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco urges Health Minister Rona Ambrose to ban menthol in cigarettes.
On World No Tobacco Day, Canadian health groups call for a modernized and strengthened federal approach to reducing smoking.
PSC urges BC government to strengthen its tobacco control policies. (Open letter).
PSC urges government to replace e-cigarette black market with one directed at health goals
We are concerned that Vancouver's cigarette recycling program, while well-intentioned, is a step in the wrong direction. (Statement)
Australia court ruling on plain packaging shows the benefit of standing up to tobacco industry bullying
PSC congratulates the City of Ottawa for making patios, parks, beaches an municipal grounds smoke-free.
PSC congratulates Health Canada's seizure of illegal flavoured tobacco products.
On National Non Smoking Week, PSC joins a cross Canada call for federal action against the sale of tobacco products that are sold in youth-friendly candy flavours and without warnings.
October 20, 2011
PSC calls on the federal government to strengthen its control on cigarette additives in response to last week’s report by the World Trade Organization regarding menthol and clove cigarettes.
Canadian health groups today praised the Australian health minister, Nicola Roxon, for introducing legislation that will require plain packaging of cigarettes sold in Australia and will increase the size of health warnings to over 75% of the front and 90% of the back of the package.
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada today welcomes the introduction of a private member’s bill to strengthen the 2009 “Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act.” Halifax MP Megan Leslie's Bill C-631amends the Tobacco Act by banning flavours in smokeless tobacco and by closing a loophole that has allowed the sale of flavoured cigarillos to continue.
PSC welcomes Ottawa's move to enlarge tobacco warnings and curb tobacco package marketing
After reviewing the shareholdings of Canadian institutional investors in the world's largest tobacco companies, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) is recommending a review of public and private investment policies that permit these investments.
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada today welcomed the announcement by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq of forthcoming new regulations on cigarette labelling.
The Global Tobacco Control Forum releases its 'shadow report' on Canada's implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and calls for Canada to do more to protect the treaty from tobacco industry interference and to provide more funding to support the treaty's work.
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada releases a report on smoking in movies: Tobacco Vector: How American movies, Canadian film subsidies and provincial rating practices will kill 43,000 Canadian teens alive today — and what Canadian governments can do about it.
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada and Centro de Investigacion para la epidemia de tabaquismo release a legal analysis by Todd Weiler which exposes Philip Morris' claims against Uruguay's new tobacco packaging law to be without merit.
On World No Tobacco Day (May 31st), Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) is calling for Canadian provincial and federal health Ministries to reinvigorate their tobacco reduction campaigns.
On the eve of World No Tobacco Day (May 31st), Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) is renewing its call for Canada’s mandatory public pension plans to stop funding multinational tobacco companies.
On the week leading up to World No Tobacco Day, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada is calling on the government of British Columbia and Manitoba to bring their public health laws up to the standards of other Canadian provinces and to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.
PSC calls for for Canadian provincial and municipal governments to move quickly to ban smoking on restaurant patios and other hospitality venues.
April 29, 2010
Gates Foundation pulls funding from Canadian government development agency over concerns about conflict of interest.
Federal government continues to subsidize tobacco farming after spending $300 million to phase it out. Physicians group is looking for answers from Minister Gerry Ritz.
Suing big tobacco should be about health, not just health care costs Physicians group calls for clear health goals to be included in litigation strategies.
Canada’s major health organizations are calling on the Senate of Canada to give priority to the passage of Bill C-32 (Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act). The legislation would stop tobacco companies from using fruit, candy and other flavourings in cigarettes and cigarillos and would ban tobacco ads in publications that can be viewed by youth.
The Canadian Senate should speed up its passage of bill C-32, and send a clear message to the U.S. tobacco giant, "Philip Morris" to butt-out of Canadian health law.
Stronger Tobacco Law Welcomed. Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada today applauded the introduction of legislation to close loopholes in the existing Tobacco Act that have allowed tobacco companies to sell candy-flavoured cigarillos to Canadian kids.
Women deserve to be warned! PSC urges Health Canada to move quickly to put breast cancer warning on cigarette packages, and offers some examples of how it could be done.
Canada urged to follow Norway's lead. Following Norway's decision to exclude tobacco stocks from its public investment fund, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada ( renewed its call on the Canada Pension Plan and its governing body, provincial and federal Ministers of Finance, to stop using Canada Pension Plan contributions to support the global activities of tobacco companies.
Health over Profits: A call on 3 provincial governments in western Canada to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies. Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada today called on the Governments of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to introduce legislation to abolish the sales of tobacco in pharmacies.
Canada's Doctors Remind Prime Minister of his Campaign Promise. The Canadian Medical Association and Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada reminded Prime Minister Harper today that he promised to crack down on the marketing of flavoured tobacco products, like cigarillos, that are aimed at children.
Action on Election
Promise Urgently Needed
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) today welcomed the announcement by B.C. MLA, Adrian Dix, that he plans to introduce a private member's bill to clamp down on the marketing of kid-friendly tobacco products.
Ontario Bans Flavoured Cigarillos
Canada falls short of its tobacco treaty commitments, reports the Global Tobacco Control Forum.
Nunavut-style leadership needed on First Nations tobacco issues. Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada today welcomed Leona Aglukkaq, from Gjoa Haven, Nunavut as Canada’s new Minister of Health.
Health Groups Welcome Measures to Protect Children from Tobacco Marketing. Member agencies of the Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco welcomed today’s announcement that the marketing of flavoured cigarillos would be addressed through new tobacco regulations and legislation.
PSC calls on Auditor General to investigate bad deal with big tobacco. Appeal follows statements by former tobacco exec that the settlement between the government and Imperial Tobacco and Rothmans, Benson and Hedges was "chump change" and that the government was "gutless" in its efforts to recover lost money.
Many brands of cigarettes have failed
Physicians plea for better approach than corporate plea bargain. Today's announcement by the government of Canada that it had settled with two of the three multinational tobacco companies which supported and profited from the sale of untaxed cigarettes in the early 1990s is a disappointment, said Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada. (Press release)
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada responds to government proposals to end the single sale of cigarillos. Yes! Now!... but much more needed. Submission to Health Canada
Youth from Northwestern Ontario’s Youth Action Alliance (NWYAA) announced today the launch of Flavour…Gone! a youth-led campaign for changes to the federal Tobacco Act.
Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco welcomes proposed legislation to curb the marketing of novelty tobacco products.
PSC points to new consumer protection legislation as an example of stronger measures that are needed for tobacco.
PSC applauds Quebec government proposed regulation on tobacco advertising -- and wonders why more isn't being done by other levels of government.
PSC looks at data on cigarillo smoking and discovers that Canadian kids are as likely to be trying cigarillos as cigarettes. Not surprisingly -- these products are sold in candy-flavours without healtn warnings and cost little more than a candy bar.
Japan Tobacco launches the first tobacco advertising campaign since the Supreme Court decision upheld the Tobacco Act by promoting a cigarette with 'less smell'. PSC calls on Health Canada to clamp down on this misleading promotion (and to move forward with strengthening amendments to the law).
Doctors group says its time to close cigarillo-friendly loopholes in tobacco laws. A new Quebec government survey shows that cigarillos have become more popular than cigarettes among Quebec teenagers and are undermining progress against smoking among youth.
PSC releases a policy paper which outlines the benefits of including first nations in the global treaty process. press release paper
PSC welcomes the announcement by Canada's Minister of Health, the Honourable Tony Clement, of a new goal for reducing smoking: 12% prevalence by 2011.
Responding to tobacco industry research showing that 16% of Canadian smokers are buying their cigarettes on the black market, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada today renewed its call for government action against the growing problem of contraband tobacco sales.
July 31 is the deadline for tobacco companies to implement their voluntary agreement to remove 'light' and 'mild' from their cigarette packages. PSC has reviewed their new packaging and is calling for tougher measures based in law.
PSC welcomes Minister Clement's commitment to monitor and respond to tobacco industry marketing.
Smoking Ban in Federal Prisons a healthy step forward. PSC applauds the decision by Corrections Canada to ban indoor and outdoor smoking in federal prisons.
PSC calls for new legislation on tobacco advertising -- whatever the Supreme Court decision. Press release and backgrounder.
Tobacco industry sponsorship mars Quebec business award. PSC calls on Royal Bank and other businesses to withdraw from co-sponsorship with tobacco companies.
Physician group welcomes British Columbia legislation. Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) today congratulated British Columbia for introducing proposals to strengthen its tobacco laws.
PSC praises British Columbia for its continued legal leadership against tobacco companies. Only BC is suggesting that the Supreme Court should not give tobacco advertising the same protection that it gives to other forms of speech. Find out why this is a good thing: Press release.
PSC makes tobacco industry, government and intervenor arguments for Supreme Court hearing on constitutional challenge to the Tobacco Act available here.
PSC calls on big banks to stop helping criminals sell contraband cigarettes and asks them to use their role as members of the board of directors of VISA Canada to stop the VISA credit system from being used to help criminals sell illegal cigarettes. Press release
PSC releases of a film about the life and campaign of Heather Crowe.
PSC proposes methods to reduce tobacco smuggling. Our analysis shows that cigarette smuggling is a growing threat to Canadian health, and that the losses to the federal treasury more than offset the costs of restoring control over the tobacco market. To address this problem, we proposeg reforms to the way cigarette taxes are collected and increased controls over raw tobacco and other ingredients used in the manufacture of cigarettes.
PSC says the decision of the Competition Bureau to end its investigation on the sale of light cigarettes and accept instead a voluntary agreement to suspend the use of a very few marketing terms is a public health loss masquerading as a victory.
October 18, 2006
Physicians call for urgent action against cigarette smuggling. (Ottawa - October 16, 2006) In calling for government to act to curb illegal cigarette sales, a national anti-tobacco agency finds itself in the unusual position of agreeing with a cigarette manufacturer.
Minister of Labour urged to provide legislated protection from second-hand smoke – On the heels of new U.S. Surgeon-General’s report demonstrating that second-hand smoke is even more dangerous than previously thought, Canadian health and labour organizations are calling on the federal minister of labour, the honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, to provide federally-regulated workers with effective and legislated protection from exposure to second hand smoke.
Motion for a Smoke-Free Canada. PSC's President calls on lawmakers to support Senators' motion by passing laws to provide 100% legal protection from second-hand smoke in workplaces and public places.
What Wendy Mesley Didn’t Tell Canadians. Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) today sent an open letter to Wendy Mesley, offering comments on a recent segment of Marketplace that dealt with cancer prevention.
PSC's Alberta director calls for Alberta’s drug strategy to address tobacco use as a gateway drug for illicit drugs like methamphetamine (“crystal meth”).
Heather Crowe's condition worsens. Heather Crowe, the Ottawa waitress who was the subject of a Health Canada mass media campaign to educate Canadians about the dangers of second hand smoke, was admitted into palliative care in Ottawa this week.
Health December 12, 2005Groups Urge Feds to Ban Tobacco Advertising. (Ottawa – December 12, 2005) - On the tenth anniversary of the federal recommendation to completely ban tobacco advertising, health agencies are calling on the government to finally implement this measure.
Imperial Tobacco’s closure of tobacco plants is an opportunity to say “good buy” . Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) today called on the government to stop the “rape and run” tactics of tobacco business corporations by buying tobacco companies outright and seeing that they are run in the public interest to phase out tobacco completely by 2030.
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) today called on the federal government to refer the question of a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Heather Crowe readmitted to hospital. It is with great sadness that Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada informs Heather Crowe’s admirers and well-wishers that her cancer is no longer in remission. Heather Crowe has been admitted to hospital in Ottawa where she has learned her cancer has spread to her liver, and she is now undergoing tests to determine if her cancer has spread even further.
The magic formula for selling cigarettes—make it easier to control the nicotine dose. Research conducted by Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) has found that the most popular cigarette brands are those which are manufactured in ways which make it easier for a smoker to control the dose of nicotine.
Because the public health goal of reducing tobacco use directly conflicts with the tobacco industry’s profit motive, the way to overcome the health, social and economic problems caused by “big tobacco” is to take the business of supplying cigarettes out of their hands and put it into the hands of. public organizations with a clear public health mandate. This is the main recommendation of a new study published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and prepared by Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada.
In the 1990's two Toronto television stations sold parts of their news broadcasts as thinly disguised tobacco promotions to a tobacco company. If a tobacco company can buy the news, who else can buy the news? PSC makes public previously secret contracts between Rothman's, Benson and Hedges and its media partners, City-TV and CFTO-TV.
PSC makes public its letter to Health Minister urging that medical marijuana is "smokeless".
Cigarettes sold in Canada as of October 1st will be less likely to cause fires. The Non-Smoker’s Rights Association and Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada congratulate Canada’s Minister of Health, Ujjal Dosanjh, for ensuring that all cigarettes sold in Canada after October 1st 2005 meet the Cigarette Ignition Propensity Regulations published last Monday, the 13th of June. The new regulations will make cigarettes less likely to start fires, by making cigarettes that are left unattended either generate less heat or extinguish themselves. Between 1995 and 1999, unattended cigarettes caused fires that killed a total of 356 people and injured 1615 more.
A World No Tobacco Day Message from Canada’s Health Professionals. Leading Canadian health agencies are calling on the federal government to articulate how Canada will continue to help developing countries protect their citizens from tobacco industry products. This call comes on the first World No Tobacco Day since the international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (the FCTC) came into force,
Physicians applaud new initiatives to strengthen tobacco control in Newfoundland, Quebec and Ontario. When implemented, these new measures will dramatically increase the number of Canadians living in smoke-free jurisdictions to 75% within one year.
The $100 million election goodie that kills people. Doctors condemn back-door taxpayers’ subsidy to continued tobacco growing and propose a better idea for helping tobacco farmers exit the tobacco growing business.
February 27, 2005
February 25, 2005
Landmark Tobacco Treaty Takes Effect on February 27th - an historic moment for global public health. On this day, the world’s first modern health treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), comes into force.
January 17, 2005
Tobacco company payments to retailers for cigarette promotions increase by 50%. Doctors call for an end to retail-promotions of cigarettes. Information released by Health Canada last week under Access to Information laws shows that tobacco companies are spending more than ever on retail promotions of cigarettes, and that the average payment to retailers has increased by more than 50% in the past three years.
December 15, 2004
Ontario measures weaker than needed.
Parliament and Health Canada work together to protect lives. Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada congratulated Health Canada, the Senate and the House of Commons for working together to reduce fires caused by cigarettes.
November 30, 2004
“Forty reasons to cheer. Five million reasons to mourn.” Doctors applaud 40th ratification of global tobacco treaty .
November 4, 2004
October 25, 2004
Tobacco companies must be held accountable for deliberately deceiving their customers. PSC hopes that Canadian courts will certify a class action suit and hold tobacco companies accountable for the harmful marketing of cigarettes as ‘light’ or ‘mild.’
August 26, 2004
Students blow smoke on campus tobacco marketing.
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada today released its correspondence to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Tobacco, Luc Jobin. PSC is requesting Mr. Jobin to rescind any permission it has given the Forsythe Racing team to use Player's racing imagery or designs.
July 22, 2004
Tobacco Treaty Deserves Urgent Attention of new Foreign Minister. Health groups call on Canada’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs to quickly ratify the new global tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
July 20, 2004
June 11, 2004
Hot off the press! Our Spring 2004 newsletter -- items on government cut-backs, reduced ignition potential cigarettes, Canada Pension Plan investments in tobacco - and whatever did happen to the ban on light and mild!?
May 31, 2004
April 6, 2004
March 31, 2004
March 31, 2004
March 8, 2004
March 2, 2004
January 26, 2004 -
Ottawa – Health Canada's deputy minister should withdraw from the board of the Public Policy Forum after that agency appoints Jodi Whtie, a former senior manager of IMASCO as its president, suggests PSC.
January 21, 2004 - Weedless Wednesday
Action on Smoking and Health, the Lung Association and Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada teamed up to bring Heather Crowe to Alberta for National Non-Smoking Week. In Calgary today, Weedless Wednesday, Heather Crowe called on Canada's Labour Ministers, who are meeting in Banff January 22 and 23 to ban tobacco smoke from all Canadian workplaces - no ifs, ands or butts!
January 14, 2004
The federal government needs to increase tobacco taxes and close a tax loophole that favours roll-your-own cigarettes. That's today's message to Finance Minister Ralph Goodale from Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada and its partners in the Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco (CCAT).
January 2, 2004
December 10, 2003
Heather Crowe asks to meet Premier Ralph Klein to urge him to make all Alberta workplaces smoke-free. Press release
December 1, 2003
Happy Birthday? Two years after indication that 'light' and 'mild' would be banned, not much has happened. PSC calls on government to explain. Press release
November 27, 2003
Tobacco companies use bully tactics to silence health groups. PSC calls their bluff. News release and related documents
November 11, 2003
October 3, 2003
August 14, 2003
July 14, 2003
News-release. Canada’s Help Needed to Stem Global Tobacco Pandemic. Canadian health and development agencies are calling on the Canadian government to increase its support for measures to reduce global tobacco use.
June 26, 2003
News-release. PSC shows that the government spends more in tax expenditures for cigarette promotions than it does on anti-tobacco initiatives, and calls for government to end tax-breaks for tobacco promotions.
June 13, 2003
May 20th, 2003
March 24, 2003
February 28, 2003
January 22, 2003
Health Minister Challenged to Follow Through on Big Ticket Tobacco Control Measures. On the occasion of National Non-Smoking Week, Canadian health groups call on the federal government to follow through on promised regulatory and legislative reforms.
November 27, 2002. Heather Crowe asks Labour Ministers to ban smoking in all Canadian workplaces.
April 24, 2002. PSC sends a message to Big Tobacco: Stop killing babies.
September 10, 2001. PSC uncovers tobacco industry documents showing that smokers don't stop frequenting bars and restaurants after a smoking ban. Press release.
August 13, 2001. 1.4 million Canadian smokers are deceived by light and mild descriptors on cigarettes. PSC releases a fact sheet based on purchased Statistics Canada survey data. See also background research on 'light and mild' cigarettes (pdf) and an html version.
June 27, 2001. Ottawa's smoke-free by-laws are valid, says Ottawa lawyer David Hill, in an opinion commissioned by Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada. Press Release.
June 5, 2001. PSC praises Joe Battaglia for taking on Big Tobacco. Press Release
May 25, 2001. PSC releases a letter to Members of Parliament regarding S-15 (the Tobacco Youth Protection), drawing attention to two significant flaws in the legislation that may not be amendable in the House of Commons.
May 23, 2001. PSC releases analysis of how trade agreements can threaten tobacco control measures. An Introduction to International Trade Agreements and their impact on Public Measures to Reduce Tobacco Use, can be downloaded in pdf format (360k, with optional cover, 127k), or ordered by contacting PSC. See also Press Release.
April 5, 2001. Government announces tax increases and program funding increases -- PSC responds with applause.
February 7, 2001.
Was the RCMP directed to go easy on companies involved in
the tobacco black market? Health groups want to know.
January 24, 2001. Health Groups Applaud BC's Leadership in Tobacco Control.
October 10, 2000. Negotiations Begin on Global Treaty on Tobacco.
May 31, 2000. Forum on Tobacco Industry Documents
April 28, 1999: Secret Documents Show Imperial Tobacco Targeted Youth "Starters"
April 26, 1999: Tobacco Company Breaking Law, says Doctors’ Group
November 16, 1998: A Guide to Tobacco-Free Mutual Funds
October 28, 1998: Despite law, cigarette marketing continues to increase