What's New
June 25, 2019

Health groups call on provinces to put an end to 'creditor protection' for tobacco companies
* Press release
* Letter to Ministers
May 16, 2019

PSC calls on Health Canada to be more effective in enforcing advertising restrictions for vaping products.
* Press release
* Analysis of infractions.  
February 25, 2019

PSC calls on the Ministers of Finance and Health to ensure the Budget Implementation Act includes measures to address the flaws in the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act.
* Letter  
* proposed amendment
February 25, 2019
PSC and the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control call on the Ministers of Finance and Health to include pricing measures in the 2019 budget. 
* Letter
* Budgetary submission on pricing.
January 17, 2019
Ultimate Hypocrisy: Tobacco companies fight tobacco taxes while hiking cigarette prices.
* Press release
November 20, 2018

Canadian tobacco control organizations call for Health Canada to clamp down on vaping promotions.
* Press release
Summer 2018.

PSC calls on B.C.'s rental housing task force to ban smoking inside multi-unit dwellings.
* Letter
February 18, 2018

Bill S-5 is fundamentally flawed.
Unless it is amended to restrain marketing, young Canadians will be targetted with advertisements for e-cigarettes.
* Press Release
* Brief to the Standing Committee on Health.
January 22 to 26, 2018:  National Non-Smoking Week.

The beginning of a pivotal year for tobacco control in Canada. The renewal of the federal tobacco strategy, the return of tobacco industry advertising and the role of new technologies hang in the balance.
January 8, 2018

Tobacco companies and their $1 billion tax break. Time for finance ministers to respond!

Press release

December 1, 2017

Our 2017 report to members.  Newsletter
September 14, 2017

Canadian health groups respond to Philip Morris International's $1 Billion Research Fund.

Press release

August 15, 2017

PSC and the Quebec Coalition on Tobacco Control call for and end to the low-tobacco tax policy and the regulation of cigarette pricing.

Press release

Submission to Finance Committee

July 11 2017

PSC calls on Minister Philpott to respond to inadequate warnings on new heat-not-burn products .

Press release

June 2017

Discount cigarettes - what's that all about? PSC makes the case for standardized pricing of tobacco products.

Policy Brief: Canada's Cheap Cigarettes. Why they are a problem. What can be done about them.

May 2017

PSC makes available its analysis of Canadian Community Health Survey data, prepared under contract to Health Canada.

Tobacco Use 2000-2014: Insights from The Canadian Community Health Survey.

Related Excel files (password 'smoking')

Basic-Age and sex.xlsx
Basic-Age and sex-Waterfall.xlsx  
Changing Demographic-Age Pyramid.xlsx
Changing Demographic-Generational Cohort.xlsx

Starting and quitting
Starting-First Cigarette.xlsx
Province-Recent Quits.xlsx
Health status.xlsx

Socio-Economic Factors
Income quintile.xlsx
Food Insecurity.xlsx
Occupational Groups.xlsx
Work status.xlsx
Visible minority.xlsx
Visible minority-province.xlsx
Visible minority-income-origin.xlsx

Household circumstances
Marital Status.xlsx
Living Arrangement.xlsx
Home ownership.xlsx
Language at home.xlsx

Secondhand smoke
Secondhand smoke.xlsx

Peer Group.xlsx

Mental Health and Substance Use
Mental health.xlsx
Mental disorder.xlsx
Depression and anxiety.xlsx
April 2017

PSC responds to Health Canada's consultation on renewal of its strategy -- and asks it to reconsider the measures that it rejected in 2012.


April 10, 2017

PSC urges Senate to amend Bill S-5 (the proposed Tobacco and Vaping Products Act) to a) protect young people from ads for vaping products on mass media and 2) to implement a phase-out of conventional cigarettes .


December 1, 2016

Our 2017 report to members.  Newsletter
October 18, 2016

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

Press release

September 2016

Canadian health groups call on government to do more to protect public health from tobacco industry interference.

Canada’s Implementation of Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control A Civil Society Shadow Report

Letter to Minister Philpott

May 31, 2016

Public consultations open on plain and standardized packaging.

Press release

April 29, 2016

Federal Health Minister proposes a ban on menthol in tobacco products. Hurray!

Press release

January 18, 2016

The Minister of Health, the Hon. Jane Philpott, affirms that Canada will move forward with plain packaging. We are delighted.

Press release

December 1, 2015

Our 2017 report to members.  Newsletter

June 25, 2015

Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco urges Health Minister Rona Ambrose to ban menthol in cigarettes.

Press Release

May 29, 2015

On World No Tobacco Day, Canadian health groups call for a modernized and strengthened federal approach to reducing smoking.


March 12, 2015

Federal government Gazettes proposed amendments to flavour ban.  We note that they have rejected the recommendation of almost all public groups to also ban menthol.

Letter in response .

March 12, 2015

B.C. government responds to our letter, but  not to our concerns.

 Letter from Minister Lake

March 12, 2015

PSC encourages the government of British Columbia to strengthen its tobacco control policies.

January 19, 2015

Health Canada should close the black market for e-cigarettes and replace it with a legal market directed towards health goals. 

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