Industry raises prices – AGAIN – while taxes remain largely unchanged

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In mid-August, Imperial Tobacco again raised prices on its tobacco products. As shown in the price list circulated to retailers and pasted below, they are now charging from $2.50 to $4.50 more per carton in Ontario. Price increases in other provinces have not yet been located, but they are usually imposed at the same time....

Confusion and non-compliance: One month into new vaping regulations.

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Despite federal and provincial regulations, high-nicotine flavoured products with substandard warnings continue to be sold in convenience stores in Ontario. Whether they will be allowed to continue to do so is still not clear. July 1: New rules come into force At the beginning of July the rules for selling vaping products changed substantially in...

New vaping promotions expose challenges to regulators.

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Over the past couple of weeks, BAT (owner of Nicoventures and Imperial Tobacco Canada) has launched new promotions in Canada for its vaping products. This campaign is part of a global re-branding initiative the company shared with investors in March. This campaign can be seen as a test run of the federal government’s plans for...

Calculating the profits of tobacco companies in Canada

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How much do tobacco companies make in Canada?  Answering that question became more difficult about a decade ago, after all three of the traditional tobacco companies (BAT-Imperial Tobacco Canada, PMI-Rothmans, Benson and Hedges, and JTI-Macdonald) became fully-owned subsidiaries of multinationals and the fourth (Grand River Enterprises) remained a privately held operation. Over the past year,...

BAT reboots and rebrands for “a better tomorrow”.

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In a series of presentations to investors today, British American Tobacco laid out its “new purpose” and unveiled its new look.  Last year it was “transforming tobacco” and “accelerating delivery”. This year the catch phrase — trademarked of course — is “a better tomorrow. The new corporate purpose laid out by BAT’s management was “to...

St. Patrick’s Day and Imperial Tobacco’s marketing tactics.

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day today — and so this week Imperial Tobacco Canada has dressed its Vype promotions in green. “Feeling lucky?” it asks visitors to its web-site before inviting them to “Go gold.” Only a month ago — on Valentine’s day — the ads were similarly dressed for the day. Looking for romance? “Find an e-pod...

Misinformation? Absolutely. That’s why we complained to the Competition Bureau

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For the past several weeks, Imperial Tobacco has been ramping up its “Facts not Fear” campaign. Their clear message — as shown in a display in a local Ottawa shopping mall — is that vaping products are not as harmful as health scientists are claiming. Well, we’ve been down this road before. In the 1950s...

Another new year, another round of tobacco manufacturers’ price increases.

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This week Canadian tobacco companies raised the price they charge to retailers for cigarettes and other toabcco products. This month the price (per cigarette) went up by 1 to 1.5 cents in in most parts of Canada ($2.50 to $3.60 per carton), as shown in the memo sent by Imperial Tobacco to retailers on December...

Big tobacco funds and controls the new Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA)

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[NB: On December 4th, VITA issued a statement objecting to and correcting some of the information provided in this blog. The original blog appears below, but is now annotated with reference to their objections and corrections.] Last week the first webinar was held between the Vaping Industry Trade Association (VITA) and its membership. Unexpectedly, one of...

Yet another novel nicotine product on the Canadian horizon: tobacco-less oral tobacco

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l“An exciting new space” That’s how BAT’s category director Vincent Duhem described Oral Tobacco products to investors earlier this spring. Unlike vaping products, he pointed out, Oral tobacco had assets that other next generation products did not. Unlike vaping products, no device was required and it can be used in places where vaping is not...

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