Archival Material

Archive of regulatory submissions

Advertising and Promotion
  • 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. (2010)
Indigenous Tobacco Use
Regulatory Approaches
  • Tobacco Free Pharmacies Reasons why all provinces should ban pharmacy sales in provinces, and information on the majority that do. (2010)
Tax and Pricing
  • Cheap cigarettes: Tobacco companies have manipulated  retail pricing to blunt the impact of tax increases. A rationale for standardized pricing and other reforms is presented. (2017)
Submissions in response to regulatory proposals

Archived Press Releases

Archived Press Releases: 2000 – 2017
  • September 14, 2017  Canadian health groups respond to Philip Morris International’s $1 Billion Research Fund.
  • August 15, 2017  PSC and the Quebec Coalition on Tobacco Control call for an end to the low-tobacco tax policy and the regulation of cigarette pricing.
  • July 11 2017  PSC calls on Minister Philpott to respond to inadequate warnings on new heat-not-burn products .
  • 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
  • May 31, 2016  Public consultations open on plain and standardized packaging.
  • April 29, 2016  Federal Health Minister proposes a ban on menthol in tobacco products. Hurray!
  • January 18, 2016  The Minister of Health, the Hon. Jane Philpott, affirms that Canada will move forward with plain packaging. We are delighted.
  • June 25, 2015 Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco urges Health Minister Rona Ambrose to ban menthol in cigarettes.
  • 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  PSC urges BC government to strengthen its tobacco control policies. (Open letter).
  • January 19, 2015 PSC urges government to replace e-cigarette black market with one directed at health goals
  • January 6, 2014 We are concerned that Vancouver’s cigarette recycling program, while well-intentioned, is a step in the wrong direction.


  • August 16, 2012 Australia court ruling on plain packaging shows the benefit of standing up to tobacco industry bullying
  • February 22, 2012 PSC congratulates the City of Ottawa for making patios, parks, beaches an municipal grounds smoke-free.
  • February 1, 2012. PSC congratulates Health Canada’s seizure of illegal flavoured tobacco products.
  • January 17, 2012. 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 to protect pension funds from being invested in tobacco stocks.
  • September 6, 2011 PSC calls for greater control on cigarette additives.
  • April 7, 2011 Canadian health groups today praised Australia for plain packaging legislation.
  • March 8, 2011 PSC welcomes private member’s bill.
  • February 18, 2011 PSC welcomes Ottawa’s move to enlarge tobacco warnings and curb tobacco package marketing
  • January 19, 2011  Survey results show that school-aged Canadians are more likely to smoke brand-name cigarettes than contraband.
  • January 17, 2011  PSC recommends a review of public and private investment policies that permit these investments.
  • December 30, 2010 PSC welcomes announcement of forthcoming new regulations on cigarette labelling.
  • November 10, 2010 The Global Tobacco Control Forum releases its ‘shadow report’ on Canada’s implementation of the FCTC.
  • August 19, 2010 PSC releases a report on smoking in movies.
  • August 12, 2010 PSC and Centro de Investigacion para la epidemia de tabaquismo release a legal analysis of  Uruguay’s new tobacco packaging law.
  • May 31, 2010 Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada calls for strengthened tobacco reduction campaigns.
  • May 28, 2010 PSC calls for mandatory public pension plans to stop funding multinational tobacco companies.
  • May 26, 2010 PSC calls on British Columbia and Manitoba to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.
  • May 25, 2010 PSC calls for for Canada-wide ban on smoking on restaurant patios and other hospitality venues.
  • April 29, 2010 PSC and the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association call for Canada to follow Australia and plan for plain packaging.
  • April 12, 2010 Gates Foundation pulls funding from Canadian government development agency over concerns about conflict of interest.
  • February 16, 2010 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.
  • September 29, 2009 PSC  calls for clear health goals to be included in litigation strategies.
  • September 17,2009 Canada’s major health organizations are calling on the Senate of Canada to give priority to the passage of Bill C-32.
  • June 17, 2009 The Canadian Senate should speed up its passage of bill C-32.
  • May 26, 2009 PSC applauds legislation to end the sale of candy-flavoured cigarillos.
  • April 24, 2009.  Women deserve to be warned! PSC urges Health Canada to move quickly to put breast cancer warning on cigarette packages.
  • April 3, 2009.  Canada urged to follow Norway’s lead and stop investing pension funds in tobacco.
  • January 15, 2009.  A call on 3 provincial governments in western Canada to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies.
  • January 14, 2009 The Canadian Medical Association and Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada reminded Prime Minister Harper of promise to crack down on the marketing of flavoured tobacco products,
  • December 15, 2008 A Health Groups Call on Prime Minister to Curb Tobacco Marketing
  • December 10, 2008  PSC welcomed the announcement by B.C. MLA, Adrian Dix of private member’s bill to end marketing of kid-friendly tobacco products.
  • December 5, 2008  Ontario Bans Flavoured Cigarillos
  • November 7, 2008 Canada falls short of its tobacco treaty commitments, reports the Global Tobacco Control Forum.
  • November 3, 2008  Nunavut-style leadership needed on First Nations tobacco issues.
  • September 17, 2008  Health Groups Welcome Measures to Protect Children from Tobacco Marketing.
  • September 10, 2008. PSC calls on Auditor General to investigate bad deal with big tobacco.
  • August 30, 2008. Many brands of cigarettes have failed ‘fire-safe’ tests.
  • July 31, 2008.  Physicians plea for better approach than corporate plea bargain.
  • July 29, 2008  Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada responds to government proposals to end the single sale of cigarillos.
  • July 24, 2008   Flavour…Gone! a youth-led campaign for changes to the federal Tobacco Act.
  • June 16, 2008  Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco welcomes proposed legislation to curb the marketing of novelty tobacco products.
  • April 9, 2008  PSC points to new consumer protection legislation as an example of stronger measures that are needed for tobacco.
  • March 5, 2008  PSC applauds Quebec government proposed regulation on tobacco advertising — and wonders why more isn’t being done by other levels of government.
  • February 19, 2007  Canadian kids are as likely to be trying cigarillos as cigarettes.
  • December 03, 2007  Japan Tobacco promotes a cigarette with ‘less smell’.
  • November 22, 2007  Doctors group says its time to close cigarillo-friendly loopholes in tobacco laws.
  • October 29, 2007  PSC outlines the benefits of including first nations in the global treaty process.
  • August 21, 2007  PSC welcomes the announcement of a new goal for reducing smoking: 12% prevalence by 2011.
  • August 2, 2007  Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada renews call for government action against the growing problem of contraband tobacco sales.
  • July 31, 2007  PSC calls for tougher measures to end sale of light and mild cigarettes
  • June 28, 2007  PSC welcomes Minister Clement’s commitment to monitor and respond to tobacco industry marketing.
  • June 27, 2007  Smoking Ban in Federal Prisons a healthy step forward.
  • June 25, 2007  PSC calls for new legislation on tobacco advertising .
  • April 11, 2007  Tobacco industry sponsorship mars Quebec business award.
  • March 6, 2007  Physician group welcomes British Columbia legislation.
  • February 19, 2007  PSC praises British Columbia for its continued legal leadership against tobacco companies.
  • February 16, 2007  PSC makes available tobacco industry, government and intervenor arguments for  Supreme Court hearing.
  • February 2, 2007  PSC calls on big banks to stop helping criminals sell contraband cigarettes
  • January 24, 2007  PSC releases of a film about the life and campaign of Heather Crowe.
  • December 18, 2006  PSC proposes methods to reduce tobacco smuggling.
  • November 09, 2006  PSC sees Competition Bureau deal on light cigarettes as a public health loss masquerading as a victory.
  • October 18, 2006  Physicians call for urgent action against cigarette smuggling.
  • June 27, 2006  Minister of Labour urged to provide legislated protection from second-hand smoke –
  • May 18, 2006  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.
  • March 10, 2006  What Wendy Mesley Didn’t Tell Canadians.
  • May 3, 2006  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”).
  • Ottawa, February 21, 2006  Heather Crowe’s condition worsens.
  • 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.
  • November 2, 2005  Physicians file complaint with Alberta College of Pharmacists over tobacco sales in pharmacies.
  • October 21, 2005   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.
  • October 20, 2005  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.
  • August 16, 2005    Heather Crowe readmitted to hospital.
  • July 26, 2005  The magic formula for selling cigarettes—make it easier to control the nicotine dose.
  • June 20, 2005  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.
  • June 20, 2005  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.
  • June 16, 2005  PSC makes public its letter to Health Minister urging that medical marijuana is “smokeless”.
  • June 15, 2005  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.
  • May 31, 2005  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,
  • May 17, 2005  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.
  • April 27, 2005 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  The Alberta government now has an increased obligation to protect the public from second hand smoke, says a national group of Canadian physicians.
  • February 25, 2005  Landmark Tobacco Treaty Takes Effect on February 27th –
  • January 17, 2005  – Tobacco company payments to retailers for cigarette promotions increase by 50%.

Recent press releases


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